Fentanyl sublingual tablets are a type of narcotic, opiate medication used to treat cancer pain that breaks through regular pain medication treatment. Because it is classified as a controlled substance, there are special laws controlling its the sale and use. Only people who are accustomed to the effects of opioid medications should use these tablets. Common side effects include constipation, drowsiness, and nausea.
What Are Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets?
Fentanyl sublingual tablets (Abstral®) are a prescription opioid pain medication approved to manage breakthrough pain (intense flares of pain that "break through" regularly scheduled pain medication) in people with cancer who are already taking opioid pain medication around the clock for their persistent cancer pain. This medicine comes in the form of a small tablet that is dissolved on the floor of the mouth, under the tongue.
Like other fentanyl medications, the fentanyl sublingual tablet is a Schedule II controlled substance. Schedule II controlled substances are considered to have the highest abuse potential of all prescription medications. As a controlled substance, there are strict laws and regulations controlling its sale and use.
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