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FDA Warnings on Actiq

What Is an Appropriate Actiq Dose?

The initial dose of Actiq should always be 200 mcg, even in people who have been taking other fentanyl-containing products at different doses. Starting at higher doses could cause serious side effects, including death. In addition, Actiq should not be substituted for any other fentanyl product, as doing so may result in an overdose.
A maximum of two lozenges may be used for each breakthrough pain episode, 30 minutes apart. Then, at least four hours must pass before another dose is used.

Abuse Potential With Actiq

Actiq contains fentanyl, a narcotic opioid. Like all narcotic medications, Actiq can be abused. Because of its abuse potential, it is classified as a Schedule II federally controlled substance. Other Schedule II opioids include morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and methadone. Schedule II opioid medications have the highest potential for abuse and the highest risk of death from overdose (see Actiq Abuse for more information).

Final Thoughts

Actiq is a very strong pain medication. If used correctly, it can be an important part of chronic pain management. However, if used incorrectly, it may be very dangerous. If you have questions about Actiq, including how to use this medication correctly, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. He or she will be happy to answer your questions and help you use this medication in a safe manner.
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