Available only with a prescription, Fentora® (fentanyl buccal tablets) is a drug used to control breakthrough pain in people who have cancer and are using an around-the-clock pain medicine. However, Fentora may not be suitable for some people; make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on other medications you are taking before using this product.
Fentora is also is a Schedule II "controlled substance," which means it has a very high potential for abuse. It may not be the best choice for someone who has a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Fentora comes in the form of a tablet, which is dissolved in the mouth every four hours as needed for pain relief. Although most people tolerate it well, it can cause side effects, including dizziness, constipation, and nausea.
(For more information on this pain medication, click Fentora. This article discusses other potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, possible overdose symptoms, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: ArthurSchoenstadt, MD
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Fentora [package insert]. Salt Lake City, UT: Cephalon, Inc.;2009 December.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 10, 2010.
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