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How does actiq work for breakthrough pain?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It is an opioid

It is a fast onset opioid.
It is indicated for break through cancer pain. The medication is absorbed through the mucosa of the mouth.

In brief: It is an opioid

It is a fast onset opioid.
It is indicated for break through cancer pain. The medication is absorbed through the mucosa of the mouth.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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