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Duragesic Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Duragesic is the brand name version of fentanyl. It is available as a transdermal patch, which is used to help control constant pain that is severe. For a person addicted to Duragesic, the first step in a treatment plan is Duragesic withdrawal.

Duragesic is often used for patients who are suffering from AIDS or cancer because of its potency. This drug is often referred to on the street as an alternative to heroin; however, it is much more potent than heroin. Because of the potency, overdosing on a form of fentanyl is much easier than overdosing on heroin.

People who abuse Duragesic often place multiple patches on the body simultaneously. In most cases of licit use, one patch is applied to the skin. That patch is then changed every 72 hours. For a person abusing Duragesic, changing the patch more frequently is often necessary to maintain the euphoric feeling the user is accustomed to. Because Duragesic is absorbed through the skin, the user is usually able to feel high continually.

n some cases, Duragesic is altered by the user for a quick feeling of euphoria. Even used Duragesic patches are useful to an addict. The gel that contains the fentanyl is located between outer layers of the patch. The addict will freeze the patch and cut it up so that the portion of the patch that contains the narcotic can be placed under the tongue or against the cheek where it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.

If you or someone you know is using Duragesic for illicit purposes, contact the toll-free hotline at 1-888-658-5242 for information about getting help with the Duragesic addiction.

Withdrawing from Duragesic: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Suddenly stopping any form of fentanyl, including Duragesic, is dangerous. Because of this, a Duragesic abuser must usually be admitted into an inpatient treatment facility. This allows medical staff members to closely monitor the user during the Duragesic withdrawal treatment phase.

Throughout the withdrawal phase, the amount of fentanyl the user receives is slowly tapered down until the user is completely off of the medication. In some cases, the user is transitioned from Duragesic to an oral form of the medication, which can be monitored even closer than the transdermal patch.

Most of the Duragesic withdrawal symptoms that a user will experience can be controlled through medical interventions. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Achiness
  • Backache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach cramps

There are also some symptoms of Duragesic withdrawal that are a nuisance, but aren't dangerous. These symptoms include:

  • Excessive yawning
  • Increased tear production
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Irritability

All of these symptoms are minimized by weaning a patient off of the drug over a period of approximately two weeks. For people with severe addictions, such as those using extremely high doses daily, a longer weaning schedule may be required.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

After the recovering addict has been detoxed from Duragesic, he or she can begin the rehab portion of the program. This often includes sessions with a mental-health professional that can help the recovering addict figure out what led to the Duragesic abuse. Once the underlying reason is discovered, the recovering addict works with the professionals and other recovering addicts to figure out how to control the urges that lead to using the drug.

Upon finishing the Duragesic withdrawal treatment and rehab, the recovering addict is usually equipped with the tools and methods needed to live a life without drugs. At this point, the person can slowly integrate back into society as a member who is clean and sober.

Duragesic Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Fentanyl
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: N/A
  • Brand Name: Duragesic
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: Varies with supplier and prescription
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treatment of severe pain
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Treatment of severe pain
  • Chemical Makeup: 20H20E
  • System: Opioid Analgesic
  • Duration of Action: Up to 72 hours
Form, Intake and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Patch
  • Administration Routes: Transdermal
  • Dosage: 25 mcg/hour for 72 hours
  • Overdose: Varies with prescription and level of pain.
  • Alcohol Interaction: Interaction with alcohol may cause respiratory depression
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Interactions with CNS depressants may cause respiratory depression
  • Contraindications: Opioid non-tolerant patients
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Rash, dry mouth, sweating, dizziness, weight gain, constipation
  • Long-Term: Depression, dependence, tolerance
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Very high
  • Signs of Abuse: Anxiety, increased heart rate, low blood pressure, weight gain, dizziness
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 8 to 12 hours
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Anxiety, cramps, fever, vomiting, insomnia, aches and pains, compulsive scratching
  • Tolerance: Users may develop tolerance
  • Cross Dependence: Heroin
  • Physical Dependence: High risk
  • Psychological Dependence: High risk
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule II



Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Duragesic Withdrawals Last?

The average timeline for withdrawal symptoms can range from 5 days to several weeks. The length and severity of withdrawal symptoms depends in the duration of Duragesic usage by patients.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Duragesic?

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What are Common Misspellings?

Deragesic withdrawl, Duragesik withdrawls, Deragesik withdrawel, Duregesic withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

There are no miracle remedies and alternative medicines for Duragesic addiction relief. You should seek professional help if you want to ensure a successful detox. Trying a home remedy instead of contacting a rehabilitation center with a detox program can waste valuable time, so if you’re looking for a safe recovery, it’s best to contact a physician or medical professional.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Duragesic?

Duragesic can stay in the system for an extended amount of time. The average withdrawal timeline can last anywhere from 5 to 7 days. To research your community’s options for treatment and support, try visiting our locator page or calling 1-888-658-5242 to get the help you need for you or someone you love.

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