There are several strengths of generic Actiq (fentanyl lozenge) currently available. The United States Food and Drug Administration has determined that these generic products are equivalent to the brand-name drug. However, generic medications can contain different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medicine, which may cause problems for people with certain allergies or sensitivities.
Can I Buy Generic Actiq?Actiq® (fentanyl lozenge) is a prescription pain medication approved to treat breakthrough pain in people with cancer who are already taking around-the-clock narcotic pain medication for their underlying pain. It comes in the form of a lozenge with a handle, and is placed in the mouth between the cheek and gum.
Actiq is a Schedule II controlled substance because it has the potential for abuse. As a Schedule II medication, there are strict laws and regulations controlling its use.
Actiq is manufactured by Cephalon, Inc. It is now off-patent and available as a generic.
Available StrengthsGeneric Actiq is available in the following strengths:
- Fentanyl lozenge 200 mcg
- Fentanyl lozenge 400 mcg
- Fentanyl lozenge 600 mcg
- Fentanyl lozenge 800 mcg
- Fentanyl lozenge 1200 mcg
- Fentanyl lozenge 1600 mcg.
Who Makes Generic Actiq?Generic Actiq is made by several different companies, including:
- Danbury Pharmacal, Inc.
- Mallinckrodt Brand Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Are Generic Fentanyl Lozenges as Good as Actiq?All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name drug and assigns each generic a rating.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. All of the generic Actiq versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Actiq.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.