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How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Fentanyl Stay in Your System

effects of opioids. Naloxone is available in several formulations—depending on the setting, it may be administered via an intravenous or intramuscular injection or as a nasal spray.

For some regular opioid users, it may possible to keep naloxone at home in case of an overdose. It is unlikely that a person would be able to administer naloxone themselves during an overdose, so it is important that family members and loved ones are familiar with how to use the medication in whatever formulation is on hand.

How Can You Safely Stop Taking Fentanyl?


Individuals who have developed significant physical dependence on fentanyl are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to go off the drug. The severity of withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the length and intensity of use.

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms may first begin within 12 hours after their last use. Withdrawal symptoms can last for up to a week, with the first 3 days usually the most difficult.

Dealing with withdrawal symptoms for Fentanyl on your own can be extremely difficult and dangerous. Asking for help is an important step towards a healthier lifestyle, and American Addiction Centers is here to guide you through this journey. Call us at
(888) 966-8152
or get a text for information on various treatment options.

Typical fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irritability.
  • Feelings of depression.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Runny nose.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Weakness.
  • Chills.
  • Muscle pain.

 

Fentanyl Addiction Treatment & Medications


mental health assessmentSubstance abuse treatment approaches have evolved to better help those impacted by the increasingly widespread opioid epidemic, which includes the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers as well as drugs like heroin and illicit fentanyl and its analogs. Common treatment methods used to help people recover from opioid addiction include several medications approved for opioid dependence and various behavioral therapies. Therapy and counseling combined with medication may increase the effectiveness of treatment.

Buprenorphine (which can be administered alone or in combination with naloxone, as Suboxone) and methadone are also opioid receptor agonist drugs, meaning that, to differing extents, they activate the same receptor system that fentanyl acts on to reduce the intensity of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Naltrexone, which is sometimes used post-detox, is what’s known as an opioid antagonist—it also binds to opioid receptors but, in doing so, prevents fentanyl from producing effects.
Behavioral therapies help people adjust thinking patterns and behaviors around fentanyl use, develop better coping skills, and more adaptively react to any triggers that are encountered. Cognitive behavioral therapy is perhaps the most well-known of these therapies.
If you’re concerned about the dangers of fentanyl or struggling with any type of opioid abuse, get help today. A variety of programs are available across the country that offer flexible schedules, levels of intensity, and different payment options. Users who experience symptoms of withdrawal can undergo a medically supervised detox program and then after stability is achieved, move into an inpatient or residential program where therapy and long-term treatment can start.

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