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As with any narcotic, it is possible to become addicted to Fentora. Abuse and a physical addiction to this drug, however, are significantly different. A physical addiction occurs when the body becomes tolerant to the effects of Fentora, and more and more of the medicine is needed to achieve pain-relieving effects. Abuse, on the other hand, may involve uncontrolled use of this drug despite harm.
An Overview of Abusing FentoraFentora® (fentanyl buccal tablets) is a prescription pain medication used to treat breakthrough pain (flares of pain that "break through" regularly scheduled maintenance pain medication) in people with cancer. It comes as a tablet that is dissolved in the mouth, between the cheek and gum.
Fentora contains fentanyl, a strong opioid narcotic. Like all narcotics, it has a high potential for abuse. Because of its abuse potential, Fentora 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, Fentora 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 of time.
In addition, the body may become tolerant to the effects of a drug. In the case of Fentora, 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 of time 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 is not the same as addiction. Addiction is a serious and complex disease associated with drug abuse, craving, uncontrolled use, and continued drug use despite harm.