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The fentanyl lozenge is a prescription medication used for treating breakthrough cancer pain. The drug comes in the form of a lozenge on a handle (sometimes called a lollipop) and is used on an "as needed" basis. To use it, place the lozenge in your mouth (between the cheek and lower gum) and suck on it for 15 minutes. Possible side effects include nausea, drowsiness, and constipation.
What Is a Fentanyl Lozenge?The fentanyl lozenge (Actiq®) is a prescription narcotic pain medication used to treat breakthrough pain (pain that "breaks through" the use of around-the-clock pain medication) in people with cancer who are also taking regularly scheduled narcotic medication for their underlying pain. It comes as a lozenge with a handle (it is sometimes called a lollipop), to be placed in the mouth between the cheek and gums.
Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, a fentanyl lozenge can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
- Shortness of breath
- Problems sleeping (insomnia).