Ultiva is the brand name for the generic medication remifentanil. Ultiva is a narcotic pain reliever that is generally used to treat pain both during and after procedures and surgery. The medication may also be used in other situations where anesthesia is used. Ultiva may also be used for pain control for a few days after surgery if closely supervised by a doctor.
Ultiva is extremely potent and a too high dose can take a life, while an addiction can do the same. There is a high risk for abuse of Ultiva within the medical industry as those trained to use it to treat others have been found to use the medication for their own habits. In fact, there is a growing problem among doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who use their position to illegally obtain the drug.
Ultiva is often sought by abusers wishing to achieve a specific euphoric high. The challenge is that the first high is never again achieved. In the search for the recreation, users continue to take more and more of the medication, developing a dangerous addiction that can easily lead to death.
Ultiva, when taken for long periods of time or in high doses, can cause an individual to experience withdrawal once the drug is no longer taken. Therefore, it is highly recommended that the medication be gradually decreased as abrupt withdrawal can cause severe reactions, including death.
The following symptoms can occur in the Ultiva withdrawal stage, but are not limited only to these symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Goose bumps
- Abnormal skin sensations
- Rigid muscles
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shivering or tremors
- Trouble sleeping
An Ultiva addiction can be life-threatening and it is important that this medication is stopped if it is not used for medicinal purposes or has been used too long. With the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, it is important that those with an addiction discontinue Ultiva gradually under the care of a board-certified physician and a board-certified physiatrist.