People who are allergic to Fentanyl or other opioid drugs should not use Fentanyl.
It is crucial that a doctor monitors a patient taking Fentanyl carefully to determine if it is working well and if the patient should continue receiving the drug.
Patients should notify the doctor immediately they notice bluish skin or lips, chest pains, difficulty in breathing, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or muscle stiffness after taking Fentanyl.
Note that misuse of this drug can lead to addiction, overdose, or even death especially to kids or other people using it without a prescription.
Other drugs can interact with Fentanyl and result in a severe condition known as serotonin syndrome. Ensure that your doctor is aware in case you are taking medicine for mental illness, depression, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, and other dangerous conditions.
Patients should consult with their doctor if they want to make any changes in when or how they take Fentanyl.
To ensure Fentanyl is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Any breathing condition or lung disease
- A history of brain tumor or head injury
- Slow heartbeats
- Used an MAO inhibitor
No studies that have shown Fentanyl can harm an unborn baby. However, using Fentanyl while pregnant can make the baby be dependent on the medication. This can result in severe withdrawal symptoms in the baby after birth. Such babies might need exceptional medical care for several weeks after birth. Women who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant should notify their doctor.
Missing a dose / overdosing
Fentanyl is administered as required by a doctor for a short period, so you are not likely to miss a dose. Overdosing is unlikely too.
Side effects of Fentanyl
- Fast or slow heart rate
- Severe weakness, feeling light-headed or fainting
- Weak or shallow breathing
- Stiff muscles
- Slowed breathing
- Muscle stiffness
- Slow heart rate
- Itching, sweating
- Nausea, vomiting
- Dizziness, vision problems
- High blood pressure
- Pounding in your neck or ears
Users should know this list is incomplete and should notify their doctor in case of any other abnormal changes when they start taking Fentanyl.
Other drugs that will affect Fentanyl
Some drugs can lead to severe or unwanted effects when used with Fentanyl. Always tell your doctor about the medicines you are using or have stopped using. After you receive the Fentanyl treatment, avoid sleeping pills or drugs that slow your breath and cause life threating side effects. Ask the doctor if you can take narcotic pain drugs, sleeping pill, and anxiety or depression drugs. Other drugs that can interact with Fentanyl include over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, herbal products, and vitamins.