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Generic Name: Fentanyl citrate
Product Name: Actiq


Actiq are fentanyl lozenges that may be used for breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are already stabilised on an opioid medication.

Dose advice

The initial dose is 200 micrograms and this may be repeated in 30 minutes if required. If pain relief is still inadequate after using this dose several times the dose should be increased until effective analgesia is achieved.If more than 4 breakthrough doses are required per day the regular opioid medication dose needs to be adjusted.

Common side effects

  • Rash
  • Fentanyl may produce less nausea, vomiting and constipation than other opioid medications
  • Plus opioid effects.

Uncommon side effects

  • Rigid chest wall can occur with very high doses.
  • Decreased breathing.

For further information talk to your doctor.

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Posted On: 27 August, 2004
Modified On: 14 May, 2016

Created by: myVMC