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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 Jeffrey, Community Member, asks

Q: Is Fentanyl Stronger Than Morphine

I Have Been On Fentanyl for over 10 years 200 milagrams every 72 hours, How Hard Will WithDrawl Be And Is It Dangerous ?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
10/18/11 12:15am

Fentanyl is the most potent opioid available, however, when it comes to which opioid is stronger, much depends on the dosage.  For example, a low dose of fentanyl may not be as "strong" as a high dose of morphine. 


Having said that, 200 micrograms (I think you meant micrograms and not milligrams) of fentanyl is a very high dose.  I wouldn't recommend trying to withdraw cold turkey from that high of a dose as it would be very difficult and could be dangerous.  It's best to taper off of opioid medications gradually and under a doctor's care.  There are some non-opioid medications your doctor can give you to help ease some of the withdrawal symptoms. 


Also, you might want to talk with your doctor and see if Suboxone would be a good option to help you get off of the fentanyl.  Here's more information on it:  Suboxone: An Exit Strategy


Good luck to you!

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By Jeffrey, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/18/11, First Published: 02/02/11