Can I use Actiq if I have a history of a slow heartbeat?

You may be able to take Actiq (fentanyl) if you have a history of a slow heartbeat, but tell your doctor. Actiq is a fast-acting narcotic lozenge used for the treatment of breakthrough cancer pain. Like any narcotic, it slows heart rate. If you already have a slow heartbeat—a condition called bradycardia—you may be at increased risk of side effects from Actiq. Your doctor will help you determine if you can still use Actiq safely and, if the answer is yes, will monitor you for any adverse side effects.

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