Fentanyl Worsens Withdrawal Symptoms


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Fentanyl Worsens Withdrawal Symptoms

Thursday, January 5th, 2023

Fentanyl is a potent and fast-acting synthetic opioid that is leading the current wave of America’s drug overdose crisis. This human-made drug is usually cheaper and easier to obtain than other addictive substances. Because of fentanyl’s effects on the central nervous system, people who take fentanyl-laced drugs have a much higher risk of overdosing. Fentanyl also makes it harder for people who need to get sober to accomplish their goals.

How Does Fentanyl Make Withdrawal Worse?

Fentanyl’s prevalence is responsible for skyrocketing overdose cases in North America. This synthetic opioid also makes it more challenging for people struggling with addiction to begin an effective treatment regimen. That’s because it is more likely to cause severe withdrawal symptoms for people prescribed buprenorphine, one of two medications typically used to manage opioid use disorder.

Withdrawal is the body’s response to the sudden absence of a drug. If you have used opioids and decide to quit, you will likely experience an array of uncomfortable and even painful physical and mental symptoms as your brain tries to regain equilibrium.

Because withdrawal can be such an unpleasant experience, many people return to drug use to avoid its symptoms. As an opioid partial agonist, buprenorphine has proven safe and effective for managing drug withdrawals and cravings, which is why it has been a successful part of medically managed detoxification programs for years. Frequently, people who are trying to stop using fentanyl find their symptoms get worse when taking buprenorphine. Many feel so uncomfortable that they never return for a follow-up dose. Health professionals warn that these failed attempts often result in their patients continuing to misuse fentanyl.

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