What Is a Fentanyl Lollipop?

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Over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in fentanyl overdose deaths, with a staggering rise of over 5 times the number (1) since the start of the century. This surge is due to the growing availability of fentanyl on the black market, where it is frequently mixed with other substances like heroin and cocaine. Sadly, many people are unaware that they are consuming fentanyl, and the high potency of the drug can easily result in accidental overdose and even death.

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About Fentanyl Lollipops

Fentanyl lollipops are a type of prescription medication that contains the potent opioid drug, fentanyl. They are designed to provide pain relief for patients with cancer or other chronic pain conditions, and are typically prescribed as a last resort when other pain medications have proven ineffective.

In this article, we will discuss what fentanyl lollipops are, how they work, their risks and benefits, and what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with fentanyl addiction.

How Do Fentanyl Lollipops Work?

Fentanyl lollipops are formulated to deliver fentanyl through the oral mucosa (2), or the lining of the mouth, for rapid absorption into the bloodstream. The lollipop is placed in the mouth and the patient sucks on it, allowing the medication to dissolve and enter the bloodstream.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that works by binding to receptors in the brain and central nervous system that are responsible for pain sensations. By binding to these receptors, fentanyl can block the transmission of pain signals and provide relief for patients experiencing severe pain.

Risks and Benefits of Fentanyl Lollipops

Like all opioid medications, fentanyl lollipops carry a risk of addiction, abuse, and overdose. They are not intended for long-term use, and should only be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Some of the risks associated with fentanyl lollipops include:

  • Addiction — Fentanyl is highly addictive and can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
  • Overdose — Fentanyl is much more potent than other opioids, which increases the risk of overdose. Even a small amount of fentanyl can be fatal.
  • Respiratory depression — Fentanyl can slow down breathing, which can lead to respiratory depression and even death.
  • Withdrawal — If someone stops using fentanyl after developing a physical dependence, they may experience withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever.

Despite the risks, fentanyl lollipops can be an effective pain management tool for patients with cancer or other chronic pain conditions. They are designed to provide rapid pain relief and can be especially helpful for patients who are unable to take oral medications or who have difficulty swallowing.

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Signs of Fentanyl Addiction

If you or someone you know is using fentanyl lollipops, it is important to be aware of the signs of addiction. Some of the common signs of fentanyl addiction include —

  • Cravings for the drug.
  • Continued use of the drug despite negative consequences.
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug.
  • Using the drug in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed.
  • Neglecting responsibilities at home, work, or school.
  • Social withdrawal and isolation.
  • Financial problems due to drug use.
  • Changes in mood or behavior.

If you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these signs, it is important to seek help immediately. Addiction is a chronic disease that requires professional treatment to overcome.

Treating Fentanyl Addiction

Treating fentanyl addiction typically involves a combination of medications and behavioral therapy. Medications such as buprenorphine or methadone can be used to manage withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for the drug. Behavioral therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or contingency management can help individuals learn coping skills and develop healthy habits to support their recovery.

It is important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you or someone you know is struggling with fentanyl addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing support and management, and early intervention can improve the chances of successful recovery.

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At Guardian Recovery, our team of compassionate and experienced professionals specializes in addiction recovery. Our goal is to not only help individuals overcome addiction but also to identify the root causes of their addiction. Through our specialized programs, we help those struggling with fentanyl addiction to not only quit the drug but also to build fulfilling and meaningful lives. We provide a comprehensive approach to addiction recovery, including individual and group therapy, peer support, and aftercare services. To learn more, contact us today.

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  1. https://nida.nih.gov/research-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates#:~:text=Overall%2C%20drug%20overdose%20deaths%20rose,overdose%20deaths%20reported%20in%202021.
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554511/

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