Sublimaze more commonly known by its generic name, Fentanyl, is a powerful, opiate analgesic similar to but more potent (100 times more) than morphine. It is considered to be a Schedule II narcotic prescription drug. Sublimaze is generally prescribed for the treatment of severe acute pain, or to manage pain after surgery. It is available in the form of pills, patches, lozenges, and nasal sprays as well as by injection. It is also sometimes used to treat people with chronic pain who are already physically tolerant to opiates.
Why is Sublimaze Prescribed?
Sublimaze is a prescription medication prescribed to treat the symptoms of severe acute pain or chronic pain. It is also prescribed to treat the symptoms of breakthrough pain. Usually Sublimaze is only prescribed in hospitals to treat patients after they have had major surgery. It is commonly used in hospitals as a pre-procedure anesthetic in combination with benzodiazepines. Sublimaze is often prescribed for use with cancer therapy and has been found useful to improve the effects of local anesthetics during root canal surgery.
Statistics Relating To Sublimaze
Sublimaze is most commonly used for anesthesia in operating rooms and in the intensive care unit. It can be administered in combination with Benzodiazepine to help produce sedation for certain outpatient surgical procedure as well. Sublimaze in patch form is used to treat chronic pain. These patches release the drug into a person's skin and then it is slowly absorbed into the blood stream over a period of 48 to 72 hours. This provides for long lasting relief.
The Sublimaze lozenges come in the form of a berry flavored lollipop. This "lollipop" slowly dissolves in the patients mouth and is absorbed transmucosally. This form of the drug is indented only for opiate tolerant patients in the treatment of breakthrough pain and in cancer patients. It can also be useful for the breakthrough pain in patients suffering from severe back pain, arthritis, bone injuries and Neuropathy. This form of Sublimaze is very quickly released into the system.
Sublimaze has a biological affect to the body very similar to that of the illicit drug heroin only with a stronger sedative effect. Because of this Sublimaze is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States. This drug has been classified as a narcotic and doctors have to follow specific procedures and guidelines when prescribing this drug.
How is Sublimaze Abused?
Sublimaze is a dangerously addictive drug and is very commonly abused. This drug is sold on the black market (illegally) and is hundreds of times more potent than street heroin. The high a person who is abusing Sublimaze will experience is just like heroin, morphine and other opioid drugs only stronger, much more intense and more sedative.
This drug binds to the receptors in the brain that control pain and emotions and will produce an intense state of euphoria and relaxation. An abuser will administer this drug most likely by intravenous injection or by snorting crushed up tablets like cocaine. Also since it is available in patch form they may tear up the patch and eat the gel inside or remove the gel and smoke it. Street names for this drug include:
- Murder 8
- Tango and Cash
- China Girl
- China White
- Dance Fever
An addiction to Sublimaze will often result in overdose and death.
What Effects Does Sublimaze Have on the Body?
Sublimaze is a powerful drug and has many severe side effects. These include:
- Dry Mouth
Less frequently a patient may experience abdominal pain, headache, fatigue, anorexia and weight loss, dizziness, nervousness, hallucinations, anxiety, depression and flu-like symptoms.
Since legitimate use of Sublimaze is usually only administered in a hospital setting a patient who experiences these side effects should already be under the supervision of a doctor.
Those who are not should seek medical attention immediately because these effects on the body could be a sign of overdose and may lead to death.
Sublimaze Abuse Treatment Options
An addiction to using Sublimaze should not be taken lightly. With continued illicit use this drug has been proven deadly. A Sublimaze abuser definitely needs a good inpatient rehabilitation center to provide for all of their needs in recovery. The withdrawal alone will cause an abuser to become very sick and a safe and healthy detoxification should be done under 24/7 medical supervision.
At a rehabilitation center, a patient can receive behavioral health therapy as well. Sublimaze may cause a psychological dependence and at rehabilitation facility therapy and counseling will be provided to help the abuser stay off this drug once and for all.