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My husband, (Remigio) has been taking Actiq lollipops for approximately 4 to 5 years. The reason being is that he has CREST Syndrome. Every letter in the word CREST is a disease, if you have two out of the five you have CREST Syndrome....
by Sandra joy Raumer in Marble, MN, 05/02/2009
Is Actiq prescribed by physicians whose patients are seen for pain management and who have not been diagnosed with cancer? Is it true that the FDA precludes coverage of the drug for diagnoses other than cancer? The patient in question is on Medicare, ...
by Robin Dinardo in Springfield, IL, 08/23/2006
I have been diagnosed with RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) approximately 2 years after a fall on the ice in 1999. Prior to the diagnosis I had underwent 2 MUI (Manipulation Under Anesthesia) for frozen shoulder r...
by Melissa Bouse in Coldwater, MI, 03/04/2006
Actiq (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Actiq (Oral) Medication Classification
FENTANYL (By mouth)
Actiq (Oral) Brandname
Actiq (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Fentanyl (FEN-ta-nil) Treats cancer pain in patients whose pain is not always relieved by other pain medicines. Belongs to a class of drugs called narcotic analgesics.
When To Not Use Actiq (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fentanyl.
How Should You Use Actiq (Oral)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You should receive an Actiq® Welcome Kit that includes patient instructions and storage containers. Read the instructions carefully before using this medicine.
- Use scissors to open the foil pouch when you are ready to use the medicine.
- Place the medicine in your mouth between the cheek and lower gum and suck on the medicine. Do not chew the medicine.
- Use the handle to move the medicine from one side to the other.
- Finishing all the medicine in 15 minutes will give you the most relief.
- Check with your doctor before you stop using this medicine. You may need to take fewer or smaller amounts before stopping completely.
- This medicine could cause serious illness or death if taken by a child. If a dose is missed:
- Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.
- Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
- Do not use two doses at the same time.
Proper Actiq (Oral) Storage
Store Actiq (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Actiq (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Actiq (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking any other pain medicines or medicines that make you sleepy such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, muscle relaxants, or medicines for depression or nervousness.
- Tell your doctor if you are also using erythromycin, itraconazole (Sporanox®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), MAO inhibitors (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®), or ritonavir (Norvir®), or if you drink alcoholic beverages.
Actiq (Oral) Warnings
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, or slow heartbeat.
- This medicine may make you drowsy or dizzy. Avoid driving a car or using machinery after taking a dose of this medicine.
- Using this narcotic pain medicine may cause constipation. Follow your doctor's instructions to help prevent this.
- This medicine does not replace the pain medicine you take on a regular schedule. Do not stop taking other pain medicine prescribed by your doctor.
- This medicine can cause illness or death in anyone who is not already taking prescription medicine on a regular schedule for cancer pain. Do not share this medicine with others.
Actiq (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
- Blurred vision or confusion
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness
- Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- Wheezing or trouble breathing If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Nausea or vomiting