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According to the manufacturer's recommendations for Actiq (fentanyl lozenge), breastfeeding women should not use this drug. Research has shown that the fentanyl component in the drug does pass through breast milk and may cause potentially serious complications in a breastfed infant. However, because some healthcare experts consider fentanyl compatible with breastfeeding, mothers who want to breastfeed should talk to their doctor about their particular situation.
Can I Use Actiq While Breastfeeding?Actiq® (fentanyl lozenge) is a short-acting, prescription pain medication approved to treat breakthrough cancer pain in people who are already taking long-acting opioid medication for underlying pain. This medication passes through breast milk.
More Information on Breastfeeding and ActiqFentanyl, the active ingredient of Actiq, passes through breast milk in small amounts. Most of the research done on fentanyl and breastfeeding has included single fentanyl doses, rather than chronic (long-term) use. There have been no studies done on using Actiq in women who are nursing. It is unknown if the levels of fentanyl in the breast milk would be higher with repeated fentanyl doses (as would be the case with Actiq use), compared to just one fentanyl dose.
- Breathing problems, including slow and shallow breaths
- Difficulty feeding
- Extreme sleepiness.