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Obtaining Abstral

Abstral is only available through a special program, called the Abstral Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program. This special program is intended to help reduce the risks associated with taking Abstral, including the risks of abuse, misuse, and overdose.
 
Everyone involved in Abstral use must be enrolled in the Abstral REMS program, including healthcare providers who prescribe the medication, pharmacies that dispense it, and people who take it. In order to receive this medication, you will need to understand the risks and benefits of using Abstral and sign an agreement stating you understand how to use it.
 
The pharmacy where you receive the medication will enroll you in the program the first time you get your prescription filled. Only pharmacies enrolled in the Abstral REMS program can dispense Abstral. Your healthcare provider can help you find one of these pharmacies near your home.
 

How Does Abstral Work?

Abstral contains fentanyl, a strong opioid narcotic medication. Fentanyl binds to the opioid mu-receptors throughout the body, producing many different effects. Some of these effects, such as pain relief, are desirable; others, such as slowing down the digestive tract, are undesirable and lead to side effects such as constipation.
 
The effects of fentanyl include but are not limited to:
 
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Changes in mood, including feelings of unease (dysphoria) or unusually pleasant feelings (euphoria)
  • Cough suppression
  • Slowed or shallow breathing
  • Slowing of the digestive tract
  • Pupil constriction
  • Itching
  • Physical dependence.
 

Can Children Use It?

Abstral is only approved for use in adults 18 years of age and older. It is not known whether this medication is safe and effective for people younger than 18. Abstral tablets may be harmful, and even cause death, if ingested by a child. Keep this medication in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
 
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