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ACTIQ is a brand name for a medication called fentanyl citrate, which belongs to a class of drugs known as opioids. It is primarily used for the management of breakthrough cancer pain in patients who are already receiving opioid treatment for chronic pain. ACTIQ is a prescription medication and should only be used under the guidance and supervision of a healthcare professional.

ACTIQ is different from other fentanyl formulations in that it is administered as a transmucosal lozenge on a plastic handle. The lozenge is designed to dissolve slowly in the mouth, allowing the medication to be absorbed through the mucous membranes.

It is important to note that ACTIQ is a potent opioid and should be used with caution due to the risk of respiratory depression, sedation, addiction, abuse, and misuse. It should only be used by patients who have already developed tolerance to opioids and who require the management of breakthrough pain. ACTIQ is not intended for use in opioid-naive individuals or for the treatment of mild or acute pain.

Common side effects of ACTIQ may include nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, headache, and dry mouth. Serious side effects can occur, such as respiratory depression, low blood pressure, and allergic reactions, so it is important to closely follow the prescribed dosage and monitor for any adverse effects.

ACTIQ should never be shared with others, as it can be fatal, especially to individuals who are not opioid-tolerant. It is essential to store ACTIQ securely and out of reach of children and individuals who may misuse or abuse opioids.

If you have any questions or concerns about ACTIQ or its usage, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or pharmacist who can provide specific information and guidance based on your individual circumstances.

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