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Alfenta is the band name for the medication Alfentanil Hydrochloride, which is generally administered through an injection. It is an opioid analgesic. Opioid analgesics are often used as narcotic pain relievers to treat moderate to severe pain. Alfenta and its generic Alfentanil Hydrochloride are used specifically in the administration of anesthesia. Alfenta works by acting on the central nervous system through the manipulation of the receptors in the brain and depresses them in an effort to cause drowsiness or sleep.

As an opium derivative and therefore, there is a liability for abuse. The dosage amount should never be increased and the medication should not be diverted for recreational purposes as it can be very addictive and dangerous. Alfenta is a Schedule II controlled substance that is known to produce drug dependence of the morphine type.

The ability of Alfenta to deliver a euphoric high the first time it is used often leads to subsequent uses. The only problem is the medication does not deliver the same intensity on subsequent uses and individuals typically try to increase the dose to achieve the desired effect. Those who are seeking Alfenta for illicit means have been known to use such tactics as emergency calls or visits near the end of office hours, refusal to undergo appropriate examination, testing or referral.

Any prolonged or continuous use of Alfenta can result in a dependence on the medication. If a tolerance develops, the individual needs more and more of the drug to achieve the desired effect. With abrupt cessation, the individual can experience symptoms of withdrawal that include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Tremulousness
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Cold sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • In-coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Cold- or flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory problems

Alfenta withdrawal has been known to cause potentially dangerous and uncomfortable symptoms for a dependent individual. To keep these symptoms at bay and monitor the individual’s health, it is important that addicts seek prioritized care from a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist to ensure the individual rids their body of the drug safely and completely.

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