fentanyl lozenge (cancer pain only) - buccal, Actiq
GENERIC NAME: FENTANYL LOZENGE (CANCER PAIN ONLY) - BUCCAL (FEN-tuh-nill)
BRAND NAME(S): Actiq
WARNING: This medication should be used only to treat sudden (breakthrough) cancer pain in people who are already using and are able to tolerate moderate-to-large amounts of strong narcotic pain medications (e.g., morphine). Fentanyl must not be used in people who do not regularly take narcotic pain relievers because it can cause them to have very serious (possibly fatal) breathing problems (e.g., very slow and shallow breathing).
Do not use this medication for short-term pain (e.g., from surgery).
This medication can be fatal if taken by a child. Keep this and all other medications out of reach of children. Properly throw away all opened units of the medication as directed by the Medication Guide. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Different brands of this medication deliver different amounts of medication. Do not switch brands without your doctor's permission and directions.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all medications that you may use, especially of drugs affecting liver enzymes that remove fentanyl from your body (See also Drug Interactions section). Your doctor may want to monitor you more closely or change the dosage of your fentanyl if you are on certain interacting drugs. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.
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