Isotonitazene, more commonly called iso, is a synthetic opioid that is said to be ten times more potent than fentanyl. Initially developed to address pain relief, it is rare to see isotonitazene used in a clinical setting due to its high potential for abuse and negative side effects. Iso can also be taken along with other illicit substances, further increasing the risks of overdose.
At The Bluffs, we offer comprehensive opioid addiction treatment programs that can help patients with every stage of their recovery journey. From a safe, medically supervised detox, to genuine and long-lasting recovery. If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, call us at 850.374.5331 today to learn more about what we can offer.
How Does Isotonitazene Work?
Isotonitazene is a synthetic opioid that was developed as a medication for pain management. It works, like any other opioid, by attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain, decreasing the perception of pain and increasing feelings of pleasure and well-being. This characteristic is what makes opioids vulnerable to abuse.
Like most opioids, iso is also highly addictive and the body can develop a tolerance for the drug, leading to higher and higher doses in order to achieve the same effect. Since iso is very potent, there is an increased risk of overdose even with minimal amounts taken. This risk is further increased if iso is taken along with other illicit substances, such as cocaine.
Iso is relatively new, and since it was no longer intended to be used in a medical setting, there are not many studies that look into its effects on the brain and body. With the rising popularity of iso, there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that it behaves in a similar way as other synthetic opioids. However, this does not discount the possibility that iso can cause unpredictable short and long-term side effects.
What Are the Side Effects of Isotonitazene Abuse?
One of the reasons why iso is quickly gaining popularity is the fact that it does not show up on regular opioid drug tests. This means that someone can keep abusing iso without facing the legal ramifications of failing a drug test. Due to this, it may be hard to catch. However, it is still possible to identify isotonitazene abuse by watching out for the following side effects:
- Dizziness or headaches
- Drowsiness, slowed movements, or sedation
- Confusion, problems with coordination, and slurred speech
- Contracted pupils
- Decreased blood pressure and heart rate, slowed breathing
- Decreased sensitivity to physical pain
One of the drawbacks of iso not showing up on a drug test is if someone overdoses without others knowing that they took iso. Testing negative for opioids can lead to being misdiagnosed. As a result, there can be serious health consequences. Alert medical staff to the possibility of an iso overdose if the following symptoms are observed:
- Respiratory distress
- Irregular heart rate
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Loss of consciousness
The best way to avoid an overdose is to seek treatment for opioid addiction. Iso withdrawal can have symptoms that are worse than heroin, and can even result in post-acute withdrawal symptoms. To ensure the patient’s safety and comfort, it is best to undergo detox with the supervision and guidance of experienced medical staff.
Get Opioid Addiction Treatment at The Bluffs
At The Bluffs, we understand that overcoming opioid addiction can be a difficult and dangerous task. With this in mind, we offer a wide variety of treatment options that can be individualized to cater to each patient’s unique circumstances. Our evidence-based therapies are designed to give each patient the best chance at genuine, lifelong recovery. If you’re ready to take the first step toward a healthier future, contact us at 850.374.5331 today.