A healthcare provider may prescribe Lazanda® (fentanyl nasal spray) to treat flares of cancer pain that "break through" regular, around-the-clock pain medicine. This product has a high potential for abuse and should only be used by people who have already been taking -- and are tolerant to -- regularly scheduled narcotic medicine for their underlying cancer pain.
Lazanda works by binding to certain pain receptors in the body. It comes as a nasal spray that can be used every two hours as needed for pain, but not to exceed four doses a day.
Before starting treatment with Lazanda, make sure to review the medication's safety information with your healthcare provider. For example, you may not be able to use this medicine if you have certain allergies, a history of substance abuse, or liver disease. In addition, this drug may react with certain other medications.
Although most people tolerate Lazanda well, side effects can occur. Some of the most common reactions include nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
(For more information on this medication, click Lazanda. This article offers a complete overview, including details on how to store it, what to expect, and why special rules surround its use.)
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