Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opioid analgesic prescribed for the treatment of chronic and severe pain. Pharmaceutical grade fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Fentanyl’s high potency significantly increases the chance of experiencing an overdose or otherwise severe symptoms. Fentanyl Patch 25 / 50 mcg/hr
Fentanyl overdose treatment should begin immediately upon recognizing that an overdose is happening. If the overdose is caused by a patch or lozenge, then the first step is to remove the remaining fentanyl to avoid reinforcing or adding to the amount already absorbed in the user’s system. From there, seek medical assistance.
Depending on when the drug was taken last, the user’s stomach may be pumped to remove as much of the drug as possible before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Activated charcoal may also be used to the same thing. Doing so will not counteract the overdose symptoms already present, but it can prevent further damage from increased absorption of the drug.
Fentanyl transdermal patches come in a wide range of doses -from 12 mcg/hour to 100 mcg/hour. Patches are changed every 72 hours. Patches should be applied to the skin on a flat, un-irritated place of the body for safety reasons to avoid increasing the rate of absorption, resulting in a higher likelihood of overdose.
Eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication may be a consideration but you will still need to discuss this with your doctor.
In the U.S., fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance per the Controlled Substance Act. Distributors of Abstral are required to implement an FDA-approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) program. In order to curb misuse, many health insurers have begun to require precertification and/or quantity limits for Actiq prescriptions.