Fentanyl is a potent narcotic drug that is similar to morphine, but 80
to 100 times stronger. It is a synthetic opioid, often used to treat severe
or chronic pain in patients experiencing serious illness.
Unfortunately, doctors have been negligently prescribing fentanyl to patients,
resulting in people becoming addicted or dying. Doctors are responsible
for prescribing medications in a safe manner.
Common negative side effects of fentanyl include:
- Decreased heartbeat
- Weak muscles
- Extreme sleepiness
- Pinpoint pupils
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- Bluish tint to their lips and nails
- Low blood pressure
- Dangerously slowed or stopped breathing
Due to the substantial risks and dangers associated with fentanyl, the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the medication for
acute postoperative pain in patients. Even though it has not been approved
for short-term usage, many physicians still prescribe it for pain management
when an individual breaks a bone or even develops acid reflux post-surgery.
Being on other medications or having a specific preexisting medical condition
can result in higher risks when taking fentanyl. Another risk that doctors
often ignore, prescribing patients with fentanyl without preexisting opioid
tolerance, which can cause in a patient’s death after trying the
drug just once if a physician prescribes a dosage that is too potent.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a doctor who has been negligent due to a
contact our Florida medical malpractice attorney at
David C. Rash P.A. and request a
case evaluation today.