Some of the methods to reduce the painful period of Fentanyl detoxification include:
Proper Hydration: There is often an excessive water loss that occurs due to vomiting or diarrhea. An immediate step should be taken to treat the dehydration. Water intake should be increased tremendously. Along with it, vomiting and diarrhea should also be treated. Electrolyte balance also gets disturbed which can bring serious consequences. A special attention should be given for correcting the electrolyte imbalances by giving the proper electrolyte solutions to the patient.
Exercise: The exercise is very important for maintaining a healthy heart and body. It also keeps the stress levels down by reducing the release of stress hormones so anxiety and depression can be minimized with the help of regular exercise to quite an extent.
Medications: The doctors prescribe certain medicines that help in the management of withdrawal symptoms. The common medicines for treating the withdrawal symptoms include
- Methadone:It is a famous drug used for the treatment of opioid addiction. It assists in detoxification process to alleviate the cravings. When the therapy is used for the long-term, the dose must be tapered off slowly over the period of months.
- Buprenorphine:It comes with a brand name ‘Subtex’. The drug also helps to make the detoxification process easy by decreasing the withdrawal symptoms. It is also used for prolonged durations.
- Clonidine: It is used to treat the physical and psychological signs associated with the Fentanyl withdrawal. Body aches, anxiety, and irritation are some of the signs that Clonidine works effectively against to lessen their severity.
- Naltrexone: This is a useful medicine to prevent the relapse. The mechanism of action includes reversal of the narcotic effects of the drug. It is often used in emergency medicine as a life-saving method.
Cold Turkey: The sudden withdrawal of Fentanyl can be very uncomfortable for the patient and the person may not be able to cope with the withdrawal symptoms. A gradual tapering of the dose is the preferred method.