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Dr. John Landi
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Actiq (Overview)

Actiq is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a kind of pain medication.


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What do actiq lollipops taste like?

What do actiq lollipops taste like?

According to…: … manufacturer, they are berry flavored. One blogger noted, however, that the medicine taste comes through rather quickly. If one has pain sufficient to warrant using actiq, one probably doesn't care what they taste like as long as they provide adequate pain relief. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
19 doctors shared insights

Actiq (Overview)

Actiq is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a kind of pain medication.


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What are the downsides of actiq?

What are the downsides of actiq?

Abuse potential: Useful medication for pain patients who are tolerant to other more common opiates. Downsides include potential for chemical dependence, withdrawal symptoms on discontinuation, high abuse potential. Some may get itching and nausea, this is not uncommon with any opioid preparation however. ...Read more

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Is actiq a good choice for breakthrough pain?

Maybe: The active ingredient in Actiq is fentanyl, the same medication in the Duragesic patch. As such, i tend to prescribe fentanyl products for breakthrough pain in my patients with chronic pain on around the clock opioid treatment. Actiq works well, but takes a while to kick in, and needs to be rubbed on the cheek for a while. There are other products that work faster and not swallowed as much. ...Read more

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How does actiq work for breakthrough pain?

How does actiq work for breakthrough pain?

Very short effect: For this reason this med shouldn't be used for non-cancer pain. The effect lasts for at most 1 to 1 hours. Tolerance develops rapidly because of the rapid, intense effect. This results in the need for higher and higher doses over a very short time. This med is most appropriate for patients not expected to survive for more than several months as the med becomes less effective rapidly. ...Read more

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How deadly is actiq in this case?

Actiq: Actiq is an oral transmucosal fentanyl. Some dentists were giving out narc lolly pops to pediatric patients. It caused a lot of problems and killed several in the USA. ...Read more

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Specialist wrong for putting her on actiq suckers (for cancer what are some of the first side effects of the drug)?

Specialist wrong for putting her on actiq suckers (for cancer what are some of the first side effects of the drug)?

Depends: This is a short acting form of fentenyl similar in potency to imediate release morphine. Works best if used for "break-through" pain that is not relieved with long acting pain meds like fentenyl patch. One would go to this higher level analgesic when intermediate level pain meds like vicoden or Codeine are not working well. Sedation is main side-effect. ...Read more

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I feel like maybe I am on too much actiq. How do you dose?

I feel like maybe I am on too much actiq. How do you dose?

Varies: Actor is a narcotic lollipop. Everyone acts different to the same dosage. If you are too sedated, or sleepy, then your dosage is too high. ...Read more

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How do actiq lolipops taste?

How do actiq lolipops taste?

According to…: … manufacturer, they are berry flavored. One blogger noted, however, that the medicine taste comes through rather quickly. If one has pain sufficient to warrant using actiq, one probably doesn't care what they taste like as long as they provide adequate pain relief. ...Read more

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How do actiq lolipops taste?

How  do actiq lolipops taste?

Actiq: Actiq is made with sugar. I have never tasted any of the actiq. Some patients tell me that it has a strawberry/raspberry taste. The sugar content may result in teeth loss ...Read more

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What are the downsides of actiq?

Abuse potential: Useful medication for pain patients who are tolerant to other more common opiates. Downsides include potential for chemical dependence, withdrawal symptoms on discontinuation, high abuse potential. Some may get itching and nausea, this is not uncommon with any opioid preparation however. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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