Fentanyl Medication for Chronic Pain
What is Fentanyl
In cases where pain becomes severe, doctors may turn to fentanyl to provide patients with relief. Fentanyl is a strong opioid-based anesthesia, so it does require close monitoring to ensure side effects are kept to a minimum, and the treatment itself is effective. Common brands of fentanyl medications include: Durogesic DTrans, Fentalis, Mezolar, Opiodur, Actiq, Abstral, Recivit, Breakyl, and Instanyl. Fentanyl can come in the form of patches, tablets, nasal sprays, and injections.
If Fentanyl is prescribed, make sure you doctor is aware of other medicines you take. Make sure you disclose any medications you are using for anxiety, depression, nausea, or other diseases. Your doctor will be able to make an appropriate determination on whether fentanyl will be a safe treatment for you.
Using Fentanyl for Pain Relief
Fentanyl is primarily administered as either an injection directly into the muscle, or through the veins via intravenous therapy. During the procedure, your doctor will monitor your vital signs to ensure there are no complications. After the procedure, the doctor may prescribe other pain medications to take following the procedure.
Common Side Effects
The most common side effects following treatment include dizziness and drowsiness. Always have a designated driver to help you get home following your treatment. Do not drink alcohol after receiving a fentanyl injection, and report any side effects that seem severe to your doctor immediately. Other common side effects include reduced heart and breathing rate, muscle stiffness, itching or sweating, and anxiety. Your caregivers will monitor these vital signs during treatment.
This is not a complete guide to the effects of fentanyl. It is best to ask your doctor before the procedure if you have any other concerns.