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Available by prescription only, fentanyl sublingual tablets (Abstral®) are approved to relieve breakthrough cancer pain in people who are already taking long-acting opioid medication for persistent pain.
Before using fentanyl sublingual tablets, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking and any other medical problems you may have. For example, this pain medicine has a significant potential for abuse, so it may not be a good choice for people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
Fentanyl sublingual tablets are placed in the mouth under the tongue until they dissolve. The medication should be used no more often than every two hours if needed for breakthrough pain. Do not take more than two doses (30 minutes apart) for each breakthrough pain episode. Also, do not take these tablets more than four times in a day.
(Click Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets for more information about this drug, including details about its specific uses, risks, warnings, and potential side effects.)
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