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As with any narcotic, it is possible to become addicted to Abstral (fentanyl sublingual tablets). Addiction is not the same as physical dependence, which is a predictable, physical response to long-term use of narcotics. Addiction includes uncontrollable cravings and abusing a drug. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you are having problems with abusing Abstral.
An Overview of Abusing AbstralAbstral® (fentanyl sublingual tablets) is a prescription medication used in the management of breakthrough cancer pain. Breakthrough pain occurs suddenly despite regularly scheduled treatment with pain medication.
Abstral contains fentanyl, a strong opioid narcotic. Like all narcotics, it has a high potential for abuse. Because of its abuse potential, Abstral is considered a Schedule II federally controlled substance, like morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and methadone. Schedule II substances have the highest potential for abuse of all prescription medications.
Addiction Versus DependenceLike all narcotics, Abstral can lead to physical dependence. Physical dependence occurs when the body becomes used to a drug and needs it to function normally. If you suddenly stop taking this medication, it will cause withdrawal symptoms. This is an expected physical response to taking a narcotic for long periods.
In addition, the body may become tolerant to the effects of a drug. In the case of Abstral, this means that higher doses may be needed over time to achieve the same pain-relieving effects. In many cases, people who have been on narcotics for long periods can take doses so large they would cause an overdose in people who do not take narcotics.
It is important to keep in mind that physical dependence and tolerance are not necessarily the same as addiction and abuse. Addiction is a serious and complex disease associated with drug abuse, craving, and uncontrolled drug use.