Fentanyl Withdrawal



 What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which means that it is created by pharmaceutical companies in the lab. It is a very powerful opioid and is about 50- 100 times more stronger than morphine. Due to its potency, it is primarily being used for pain management treatment of cancer patients. Of note, many users are unaware they are purchasing fentanyl laced products when they buy opioids. Distributors do this because it makes drugs cheaper, increases potency, increases addictive properties, and as a result, makes these fentanyl laced drugs extremely dangerous even in small doses. Onset to action is three to five minutes if used intravenously. Other common forms that it is manufactured in is as a transdermal patch (Duragesic), as a lozenge called “lollipops” (Aqtic), and in an injectable form (Sublimaze).  


How Long Does Fentanyl Withdrawal Last?

The onset of withdrawal symptoms roughly starts about six to twelve hours after last use. Symptoms typically peak around day three and rarely last longer than five to seven days. However, it may occur depending on the severity of addiction or case by case basis.


The Family MD Specializes in Fentanyl Addiction and Withdrawal Treatment

We offer Medication- assisted treatment with Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) to help patients overcome fentanyl addiction and withdrawal. Get started today by scheduling a virtual visit with one of our board- certified doctors. Whether you’re at home, at work, or on lunch break, we’ve got you covered and are here to make recovery easy. Click here to schedule now.  



How it works

It is important to first stop all Fentanyl use. You must wait until you have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms (generally 12- 72 hours) before taking your first dose of Suboxone. If it is taken too early, it can force you into precipitated withdrawal, which is both very uncomfortable and may be dangerous. Continue as directed by your doctor and that’s it. Generally 95% of our patient’s do not have any withdrawal symptoms after the first 3-5 days of starting Suboxone. You may also request additional medication to help ease withdrawal symptoms so that you can continue with your day to day activities (work, school, etc) without skipping a beat .