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Can I use Actiq if I have a history of alcoholism?

You may be able to use the cancer-pain medication Actiq (fentanyl) if you have a history of alcoholism, but tell your doctor. If you're using Actiq, you should not drink any alcohol. The combination could be fatal.

Actiq is a powerful narcotic that may be sold as a street drug, so if you or anyone in your home has a problem with alcohol or illegal drugs, tell your doctor so you can get counseling to keep your Actiq safe. Actiq is prescribed under a very strict federal system, so all patients who take it get only enough for daily use. If someone who is not prescribed Actiq takes it, it could be deadly; this is especially true for children, so if you're prescribed Actiq, it's vital to keep it where kids can't see or get to it.

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