Fentanyl Powder is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to other opioids.
Fentanyl Powder is a member of the class of drugs known as fentanyls, rapid-acting opioid (synthetic opiate) drugs that alleviate pain without causing loss of consciousness (analgesic). This drugs depresses central nervous system (CNS) and respiratory function. Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal. Its estimated to be 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin. It is a drug of abuse.This drugs (and other opioids) could possibly be used as an incapacitating agent to impair a person’s ability to function.
Fentanyl Powder is also produced illicitly, and it has led to a spike in opioid overdoses in the United States. Prescription versions of fentanyl come as transdermal patches, lozenges, and injections; illicit versions of the drug may be sold instead of or mixed into cocaine or heroin, as a powder, on blotter paper, or mimicking tablets of illicit prescription drugs.
The full chemical formula for fentanyl is N-(1-(2-phenethyl)-4-piperidinyl-N-phenyl-propanamide. This chemical is derived from piperidine, an alkaloid chemical found not just in the opium plant but in wheat and black pepper as well. Illicit versions of this drugs loosely follow the pharmaceutical production of the drug, producing molecules called NPF derivatives. Moving a methyl group into the third piperidine ring can increase the drug’s potency, so many clandestine labs produce fentanyl with differing, unpredictable potency.
Medical uses for fentanyl include:
Anesthesia for patients undergoing heart surgery or for patients with poor heart function.
Management of breakthrough cancer pain in patients who are already receiving opioid medication for underlying, persistent pain.
Pain management in patients who have persistent, moderate-to-severe chronic pain requiring continuous, around-the-clock opioids.
In patients who are already taking narcotic analgesics or who are already opioid-tolerant.
It can be used intravenously, intramuscularly, spinally, or as an epidural (into a space at the bottom of the spinal cord).
Side effects Fentanyl Powder
Older patients are more likely than younger individuals to experience adverse effects, especially the respiratory depressant effects of fentanyl. Extreme caution and monitoring must be followed with this age group.
Side effects of this drugs include:
decreased heart rate
stiff or rigid muscles
tight feeling in the throat
difficulty in concentrating
Adverse effects associated with transdermal fentanyl patches include redness, rash, itching, and swelling at the site of application.
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