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Fentanyl Toxicity

Fentanyl (Abstral®, Actiq®, Duragesic®, Fentora®, Lazanda®, Onsolis®, Subsys®) is a strong opioid narcotic medication. In fact, even small amounts can cause life-threatening complications if used by someone for whom the medication is not prescribed. For example, a person can easily develop fentanyl toxicity if he or she is not used to the effects of opioid medications.
Possible signs of toxicity with fentanyl include:
  • Extreme drowsiness or sedation
  • Breathing problems, including slow and shallow breathing
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Problems thinking, walking, or talking normally.
(To learn about other potential signs of toxicity, click Fentanyl Overdose. This article also offers details on various treatment options for this type of overdose.)
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