Dsuvia is a drug that is courting controversy in some circles for its addiction recovery support. The FDA approved it but, because it is a strong opiate, there is curiosity about how it will impact the millions of people struggling with opiate addiction across the nation at the moment. The key is to think about how the drug might help people who struggle with addiction but it may also be so potent it can be dangerous for some people to use. Find out more about Dsuvia, how it is used, and whether it may be right for treatment of yourself or a loved one.
Breaking it Down
Dsuvia was developed as a painkiller. It is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and over 10 times more powerful than Fentanyl. Fentanyl was the strongest opioid medication on the market before this drug came onto the scene. People are protesting its development because of its high propensity for addiction. Doctors may give the drug for up to 72 hours when a person is in extreme pain. Other medication must be used after that time frame, however it may be prescribed only if a person cannot tolerate other drugs for their pain. There used to be barriers to minimize risk to people using it but it has become more mainstream lately.
Possible Side Effects
There are not too many studies on this drug but the developer of Dsuvia is aware of the risks. AcelRx states it has done trials and studies to look at this substance and that it is a high-quality drug. Adding another potent drug like Dsuvia into a marketplace flooded with opiate addiction challenges creates more risks. With 200 million opiate prescriptions written each year, it is easy to see why there are many opiate painkillers on the market that can put people at risk. Dsuvia is one of many out there that can pose a risk to people who use it for pain management. Some of the following risks may occur:
- Addiction to the drug
- Remains in the body longer than expected and may interfere with recovery
- Not good for management of mental health challenges like trauma, PTSD, anxiety, or depression
- May risk overdose symptoms that increase anxiety and depression
Whether or not a person should take this drug depends on a person’s overall recovery plan. It is best to consider dual diagnosis treatment without the use of this drug. It may have some benefits for pain management and may help prevent some cases of addiction. Treatme with it should be monitored closely to be sure they are getting appropriate treatment to avoid risk of overuse or relapse.
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