What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate analgesic. It is similar to morphine but significantly more potent. It is typically prescribed to cancer patients and those suffering from chronic or breakthrough pain. Breakthrough pain is when a person is taking an opiate pain medication but has temporary pain that breaks through the opiate barrier.
Fentanyl is a very strong narcotic pain medication that is prescribed for severe, disabling pain and pain after surgery. Fentanyl acts on the central nervous system like other opioids such as morphine and heroin.
Fentanyl is about 100 times stronger than morphine and there is a small margin between the therapeutic dose and toxic dose. Fentanyl acts very quickly inside the body and this fast action can cause you to stop breathing much quicker than other drugs and therefore has a much greater chance of overdose.
The prescription form of fentanyl is sold under the names Actiq, Duragesic and Sublimaze.
Common street names include Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT and Tango and Cash.
If you are using the skin patches on a schedule, apply the missed patch as soon as you remember. Continue wearing the patch for up to 72 hours and then apply a new one if needed for pain. Do not wear extra patches to make up a missed dose.
What does fentanyl look like?
Fentanyl is available as a pill, powder, blotter paper, tablet, spray or under-the-tongue film. Time-release formulas of fentanyl come in gel patches or lollipops. Injectable forms are found in hospital settings. The street-produced version of fentanyl is typically in powder form.
How is fentanyl abused?
Fentanyl is ingested, dissolved in the mouth, absorbed through the skin, smoked or injected. Fentanyl is also sometimes mixed with street-sold heroin, dramatically increasing the risk of overdose and death.
How does fentanyl affect a person?
Fentanyl, like other opioid drugs, binds the body’s opiate receptors which control pain and emotions. This can drive up dopamine levels, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation.