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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.
(Click What Are Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, fentanyl sublingual tablets can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects seen with fentanyl sublingual tablets may include but are not limited to:
(Click Side Effects of Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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