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Anesthesia Assisted Fentanyl Detox, Ohio

Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid analgesic that is commonly used by medical professionals to treat patients experiencing severe, temporary pain. Like other opioids, it works by binding to the brain's opioid receptors and blocking pain sensations. The drug was first synthesized in 1960, and it is 100 times as strong as morphine. Because of its potency, doctors typically use fentanyl during operations or for patients in intensive care. Fentanyl may also be used to treat the breakthrough pain frequently experienced by terminal cancer patients. Although it is an effective pain reliever, fentanyl can be highly addictive when used inappropriately. The drug is available under the brand names Lonsys, Onsolis, Sublimaze, Lazanda, Fentora, Subsys, Abstral, Actiq and Duragesic.

Because licensed physicians use fentanyl frequently, some people have developed a false sense of security about the drug. They believe that since the drug is used in medical settings, it is generally safe for consumption. Unfortunately, when fentanyl is consumed too frequently or in large quantities, it can be very dangerous. Users are likely to build up a tolerance to the drug, which leads them to continuously increase the amount they consume. Because fentanyl is so potent, this can quickly lead to overdose and even death. In fact, the Federal Drug Administration has issued a FDA Warning to inform the public about the potential for life-threatening harm from accidental exposure to a Fentanyl Transdermal System or Duragesic Patch.

Addiction to fentanyl is a serious condition. Fortunately, if you or someone you know has developed a dependency to fentanyl or another prescription medication, detoxification can help. One of the least painful methods of detox is Anesthesia Assisted Detoxification, or AAD. Under this program, patients are able to complete up to six days of normal detox in as little as six hours while under general anesthesia. This allows the patient to progress through the worse part of the detox procedure with as little discomfort as possible. To learn more about AAROD, contact Mid Ohio Detox. You can also learn more about this revolutionary procedure by reviewing the information found under the "Treatments" menu option on our website.