Actiq is very potent, 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and some fentanyl analogs may be as much as 10,000 times more potent than morphine. In addition to being very potent on its own, Actiq is prescribed in addition to other around the clock opiate medications. Due to its high potency, fast onset of action, short duration and use with other opiates, Actiq abuse is responsible for many deaths. Improper use and abuse of Actiq can lead to dependence, tolerance, and addiction.
Opiates can be habit-forming, causing not only physical but also psychological dependence. Withdrawals may occur if the dose of the opioids is reduced or discontinued after long-term use.
Once the patient develops a tolerance, it becomes even more difficult to stop using due to the withdrawals. Symptoms of withdrawals are an indication of physical dependence and addiction to the opiate Actiq. Most patients describe withdrawals as the worst, most frightening experience one will ever encounter.
One can only imagine the excruciating pain when the opiate user says that they’d rather die than go through the withdrawals. Actiq physical dependence symptoms lead to psychological dependence. That is when addiction takes over the mind and life of the opiate user.