Signs, Symptoms And Side Effects Of Actiq (Fentanyl) Abuse
When someone uses Actiq or any form of fentanyl, there is a high risk of addiction and dependence, especially if they misuse it. Symptoms of Actiq misuse include any scenario where it’s used outside of prescription guidelines. For example, diverting it from medical use in any way is considered a symptom of Actiq misuse. Using it more often than prescribed or administering it outside of prescribing guidelines are signs of Actiq misuse. Someone who is misusing Actiq or any fentanyl product may go through illegal channels to access it. Outward symptoms of Actiq misuse that may be noticed include:
- Euphoria followed by drowsiness or sedation
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Coordination or walking problems
- Slurred speech
- Nausea and vomiting
- Small pupils
- Sleep and appetite disturbances
- Trying to stop using Actiq unsuccessfully
- Avoiding responsibilities at school or work
- Problems with relationships
- Withdrawing from friends, family and responsibilities
- Lack of motivation
- Mood swings
- Problems with judgment and decision-making
- Anxiety or depression
- Doctor shopping for multiple prescriptions
The active ingredient in Actiq, which is fentanyl, is among the most dangerous opioids there are. When someone is a long-term Actiq taker, the risks go up even more. First, as someone builds a tolerance to Actiq or fentanyl, they’re likely to take higher and higher doses to achieve the desired effects. This can lead not only to dependence and withdrawal symptoms but can increase the likelihood of a fatal overdose. People who are long-term fentanyl patients may suffer from what’s called an anoxic injury. Anoxic injury is damage that occurs to the organs and tissues throughout the body because of decreased access to oxygen. People are likely to suffer emerging or worsening psychological and mental health conditions with the long-term use of Actiq as well.
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