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

You may be able to use Actiq (fentanyl) if you have a history of stroke, but tell your doctor, as you may be at increased risk of side effects. Actiq is a narcotic (synthetic opiate) lozenge for the treatment of breakthrough pain in cancer patients. Like many narcotics, it slows the heartbeat, which affects blood flow, including blood flow to the brain. If your doctor knows you have had a stroke, he or she can take special precautions to monitor you while you are using Actiq.

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