Since its development and first use in 1959, Fentanyl has become a popular drug for many doctors. Its pain relief abilities are maximized by the patch, which releases the drug over a few days. By providing long-term pain relief, it is a helpful option for those battling cancer and other painful illnesses. Its use, however, also carries severe side effects that may threaten the health of patients. Here are three things you should know about Fentanyl:
- Fentanyl is a narcotic drug. In fact, Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, and it can be addictive. As a synthetic opioid, it can even be deadly for patients who take the wrong dosage or use it for extended periods of time. Furthermore, it can be fatal for people who lack an opioid tolerance, and the FDA requires patients to use morphine for a minimum of 1 week before taking Fentanyl.
- Fentanyl has a limited use. Throughout its history, it has been used to relieve pain for cancer patients and those suffering chronic pain. It can be administered through an injection, patch pill, or lozenge. As a potent drug that can be helpful for some, it has become abused by doctors who negligently prescribe it to patients not suffering from long-term chronic pain.
- Fentanyl is dangerous. As a narcotic drug, Fentanyl presents a serious health risk. It works by slowing down a person’s body functions, and an overdose can result in cardiac arrest. Symptoms include weak muscles, dizziness, fainting, confusion, pinpoint pupils, and blue nails and lips. A patient can even stop breathing and die after ingesting the wrong amount.
Physicians have a responsibility to protect the health of their patients. While many doctors casually prescribe Fentanyl to patients after surgeries for postoperative pain management, this can lead to greater health problems. Fentanyl should only be used in the most extreme cases of long-term pain, and only in safe amounts. If your doctor has prescribed Fentanyl and you are suffering negative health effects, you can pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation. Our Toledo medical malpractice attorneys at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. can provide compassionate and diligent representation. Contact our firm today to learn more. Share this blog as a presentation: