Addiction Versus DependenceLike all narcotics, Butrans 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 using this medication, you will experience withdrawal symptoms. This is an expected physical response to taking a medication for long periods.
In addition, the body may become tolerant to the effects of a drug. In the case of Butrans, 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 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.
Who Is at Risk for Abusing Butrans?Drug abuse can happen to anyone. However, not everyone who uses Butrans will abuse it. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know beforehand who will develop a problem and who will not.
Some people, however, have an increased risk for abuse. This includes people with a personal or family history of addiction or drug or alcohol abuse, and people with mental health problems, such as depression.