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Fentora is a brand name for the medication fentanyl. It is also available in the brand names Actiq and Duragesic and is available by such street names as Apache, China girl, China white, Dance fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, Perc-O-Pop, Lollipop, Tango and Cash. Fentora is a synthetic opioid. It was first introduced into medical practice as an intravenous anesthetic in the 1960s. As a prescription medication, Fentora can be found in oral transmucosal lozenges or even as a lollipop, effervescent buccal tablets, transdermal patches and injectable formulations. Each of these applications is used to treat chronic pain, except for the injectable formulation, which is used for potent analgesia and anesthesia.

Due to the intense euphoric effects that Fentora can create, it is often used by heroin addicts seeking an immediate fix. The danger in using Fentora in this way is that it can be much more potent and addicts tend to use more than necessary to try to achieve the same effect as heroin. As a result, frequent overdoses occur, which can cause respiratory depression and death. As an opioid, Fentora can be highly addictive, especially when used outside of a doctor’s care. A Schedule II controlled substance, Fentora can produce drug dependence similar to that of morphine. When used over a long period of time or in high doses, Fentora can cause liver damage, respiratory depression, severe allergic reaction, constipation, hot flashes, insomnia, loss of appetite and night sweats. An individual who has ingested too much Fentora may experience slowed breathing and heartbeat; pinpoint pupils; cold, clammy skin; loss of or change in consciousness; or seizures. A Fentora addict will experience withdrawal once the drug is no longer taken, especially if it is withdrawn quickly.

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