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Fentanyl Withdrawal

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms occur because, like other opioid medications, fentanyl can cause physical dependence. This means that the body has become used to the medication and needs it to function normally.
Physical dependence is not the same as addiction, nor is it necessarily a sign of abuse. Instead, it is an expected and normal physical response to taking an opioid medication for long periods (see Fentanyl Abuse for more information on this topic).

How to Minimize Fentanyl Withdrawal Symptoms

Do not suddenly stop taking this medication. If you no longer need fentanyl, talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to stop taking it. Although withdrawal symptoms are rarely life-threatening, they can be extremely uncomfortable. Your healthcare provider may be able to gradually decrease your fentanyl dosage to help reduce your chance of experiencing these uncomfortable symptoms.
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