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What is Fentanyl used for? and Side effects

Fentanyl is an opioid used to treat patients with severe pain, especially after surgery. It works by suppressing the brain’s pain receptors.

Fentanyl injection is more potent than Morphine as an analgesic. It is commonly used as a sedative in intubated patients and in severe cases of pain in patients with kidney failure due to its hepatic elimination. Fentanyl is also used in the treatment of epilepsy.

Fentanyl should be only administered to patients with the doctor’s prescription. An overdose of Fentanyl can reduce breathing rates to dangerously low levels, and can even cause deaths. The use of Fentanyl is unsafe in a non-medical setting where there is a lack of medical team to monitor the breathing rate.

Drug addicts misuse Fentanyl to have temporary feelings of euphoria which contributes to more opioid deaths.