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What is the definition or description of: Actiq allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Actiq allergy?

Actiq allergy: Actiq (fentanyl citrate) is an opioid pain medication. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. In this situation the allergic reaction is to Actiq. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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What is the definition or description of: Fentanyl citrate allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Fentanyl citrate allergy?

It depends: Drug allergies and sensitivities to drugs are different. True allergies usually involve activation of the body's immune system to fight the "foreign" substance, in this case fentanyl. These are often serious and potentially life threatening. Fentanyl sensitivity include side effects like itching, nausea, or rash. These are annoying but not life threatening. Fentanyl rarely causes a true allergy. ...Read more

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I heard actiq is bad medication.Is that true?

I heard actiq is bad medication.Is that true?

Bad medicine only…: If being abused by someone who doesn't need a potent pain medication. Actiq is approved for break-through pain in cancer patients who are already opiate-tolerant. Estimated to be between 80-100 times stronger than morphine . Unfortunately it is growing in popularity as a "street drug". Can lead to addiction, cause severe constipation & respiratory depression, especially if combined with alcohol +. ...Read more

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Do you have advice for someone doing actiq and trying to come off them ?

Do you have advice for someone doing actiq and trying to come off them ?

Stop if not needed: "doing actiq" suggests one is abusing it, but, like any opiate, the drug lends itself to that. Very potent, used for those with tolerance to other medications. If one is trying to stop but is unable to, it is appropriate to get professional help which may include in patient rehab. Support group help is integral to "recovery"(such as narcotics anonymous). Unchecked, an Actiq addiction is seriou. ...Read more

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Actiq and morphine patches help?

Actiq and morphine patches help?

No & Maybe: Actiq shouldn't be used for non-cancer pain. 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. Fentanyl patches may be more appropriate. See a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Actiq good for breakthrough pain?

Actiq good for breakthrough pain?

Yes, but....: It is only indicated (fda approved) for breakthrough cancer pain. Most insurance companies will not pay for it for non-cancer pain. Newer formulations of the same basic drug work faster and seem to be better tolerated (subsys, fentora). ...Read more

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Actiq and morphine patches help pain?

Morphine patches: There are no transdermal formulations of morphine currently available to my knowledge. Both morphine and Actiq (fentanyl) are potent opiates that can help moderate to severe pain when prescribed appropriately to the appropriate patients. ...Read more

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Will actiq and morphine patches help my family members chronic pain?

No & Maybe: Actiq shouldn't be used for non-cancer pain. 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. Fentanyl patches may be more appropriate. See a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Oral fentanyl citrate effects?

Oral fentanyl citrate effects?

Same as IV: Oral Fentanyl Citrate is the same as intravenous or topical fentanyl. It is a potent opioid and side effects include nausea, vomiting, itching, respiratory depression, constipation. ...Read more

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What's the effect of fentanyl citrate?

What's the effect of fentanyl citrate?

Opioid: Like any opioid can get respiratory depression, itching, nausea, dependence, low blood pressure, and more. Use only as directed under supervision of appropriately trained physician. Iv fentanyl is rapid and potent. Skin patch is slow but potent. ...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 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

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What does an actiq lolipop taste like?

What does an actiq lolipop taste like?

Sweet: They contain sugar & come in different colors and flavors depending on the manufacturer ...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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Actiq for breakthrough pain only?

Actiq for breakthrough pain only?

Maybe: Actiq is not the best breakthrough pain medication in my opinion. It is expensive and from my experience doesn't work better than less expensive oral options. Also, fentanyl has a relatively short half life and i find that most of my patients who are prescribed breakthrough pain medication almost never have any left at the end of the month, so they are really using it as maintenence medication. ...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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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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Actiq and morphine patches help with pain?

Not in the US: Neither of these medications are available as patches in the us. ...Read more

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What's the price of 50 mcg/no fentanyl citrate?

Pharmacist: Would consult with your local pharmacist for this one. ...Read more

Actiq Allergy (Definition)

Actiq (fentanyl citrate) is an opioid pain medication. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. In this situation the allergic ...Read more


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Fentanyl Citrate (Definition)

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