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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

Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...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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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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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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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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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 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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Fentanyl Citrate (Definition)

Fentanyl citrate is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a ...Read more


Actiq (Definition)

Actiq is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a ...Read more