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Can I use Actiq if I have had a head injury?

You may be able to use Actiq (fentanyl) if you have had a head injury, but tell your doctor, who will need to proceed with extreme caution. Actiq is a quick-acting narcotic lozenge for the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain. A head injury may increase pressure inside your skull, and that can be dangerous if you're taking Actiq. So your doctor will need to monitor your reaction to Actiq carefully. Actiq should never be given for acute or postoperative pain. It's only for cancer patients who are already being treated with narcotics for pain.

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