When a person becomes dependent on a drug like Actiq, treatment is often necessary, even if the individual wasn’t abusing the drug. If you are struggling with an Actiq use issues, call 800-584-3274 today to get help and to begin your recovery.
What Is Actiq Dependence and How Does It Occur?
People can always become dependent on an opioid drug even without abusing it. According to the National Library of Medicine, physical dependence is when “a person relies on the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms” and when their use of the drug is necessary for them to function. As long as you are taking Actiq consistently and frequently, you will become dependent very quickly.
Most doctors attempt to prevent this type of issue because Actiq itself is such a strong drug. It is only legally prescribed as an infrequent treatment option for breakthrough pain. However, those who take it consistently are usually those abusing it for its intense side effects of euphoria and relaxation. When this occurs, dependence, tolerance, addiction and even deadly overdose can result.
What Are the Symptoms of Actiq Dependence?
A dependence on an opioid drug can occur quickly, especially with a drug as intense as Actiq. Here are some of the strong signs and symptoms that you or someone you love is struggling with this issue.
- You can no longer get through the day without taking Actiq.
- You need Actiq to be able to get out of bed in the morning and/or fall asleep at night.
- You consistently experience physical side effects of your constant drug use, including (but not limited to)
- Chronic constipation.
- Dry mouth.
- Abdominal pain, discomfort, or gas.
- You are hyper aware of the times when you are able to take the drug and when you are not.
Finally, if you are unable to take Actiq when your body needs it, you will begin to experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can include
- Muscle, bone, and joint pain
- Flu-like symptoms such as
- Runny nose
- Chills and hot flashes
When you begin to experience these symptoms, the only way they can be stopped is to take more of the drug. This is dangerous because it can potentially lead to overdose.
How Do I Know It’s Time for Treatment?
If you have become dependent on Actiq, the chances are good that you were probably abusing it. The drug is not meant to be taken consistently, and when it is it, this type of abuse often leads to addiction as well as dependence, which can cause cravings, tolerance, drug-seeking behavior, and other dangerous results (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). Therefore, it is never too late or too early for you to seek help and to begin working on your recovery from Actiq abuse.