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Medical Areas: Oncology
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The following drug information is obtained from various newswires, published
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Company: Anesta Corporation
Approval Status: Approved November 1998
Treatment Area: Oncology
Actiq is used for the management of cancer pain in patients with
malignancies who are already receiving and who are tolerant to
opioid therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain.
Actiq is used to relieve the flares, called breakthrough cancer
pain, that your regular prescribed pain medication does not
Actiq should not be used for:
- Short-term pain, e.g. pain from injuries or surgery
- Pain that is already being treated with a prescription opioid
(narcotic) pain medicine every day on a regular schedule
Sleepiness, nausea or dizziness.
Mechanism of Action
Actiq contains a prescription opioid (narcotic) pain-relieving
medicine called fentanyl. When you place it in your mouth it slowly
dissolves, and the medicine is absorbed through the lining of your
mouth. From there, it goes into your bloodstream.