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Fentora Uses

How Does Fentora Work?

Fentora contains fentanyl, which is 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?

This medication is only approved for use in adults 18 years of age and older, as it has not been adequately studied in children. In fact, Fentora tablets could be harmful, and even cause death, if ingested by a child. It is very important to keep this medication in a safe place, out of the reach of children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

Fentora should be used with caution in older adults. In clinical trials, people over the age of 65 experienced more side effects, especially vomiting, constipation, and abdominal (stomach) pain. They also needed lower doses, on average, than younger age groups.

Off-Label Uses for Fentora

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend using Fentora for something other than cancer pain. This is known as an "off-label" use. Fentora is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat breakthrough pain associated with other types of chronic pain (other than cancer pain).
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