Pain Channel
Topics & Medications
Related Channels

Pentazocine Addiction

Is Addiction the Same as Dependence?

No, they are not the same. Physical dependence occurs when the body becomes used to a medication or substance after routine use. As a result, stopping the medication suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms. Not all medications cause physical dependence, and not all medications that cause physical dependence lead to addiction.
Addiction is the continued use of a medication or substance even though it causes harm. This is a serious and complex disease associated with craving and uncontrolled use. Just like a person can have a physical dependence on a drug without being addicted to it, a person can be addicted to a drug that does not cause physical dependence.
Opioid medications, such as pentazocine, have the potential to cause dependence with chronic use. This is the reason the medications usually have to be stopped slowly in people who have been taking them routinely.
Opioids also have the potential to cause addiction. Misusing the medication may increase the risk for abuse. This is why it is important to follow the instructions for the medication closely and to only use as much of it as your healthcare provider has prescribed. If the amount of pentazocine you have been prescribed is not adequately controlling your pain, talk to your healthcare provider.

Getting Help for Addiction to Pentazocine

If you or someone you know may be developing a problem with pentazocine addiction, it is important to seek help right away. Waiting could cause the problem to become worse. Addiction is a treatable illness, and help is available. However, you cannot overcome the problem alone.
Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help with pentazocine addiction. He or she will be able to assist you in dealing with the problem and can also suggest other helpful resources.
8 Frequent Pain Syndromes
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2019 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.