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Can I use Actiq if I am taking butorphanol (Stadol)?

Butorphanol (Stadol) can interact with Actiq (fentanyl). Both are pain medications, but they work in different ways. Actiq is a synthetic opiate lozenge for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients, given only to patients already being treated with opiate-type medications for pain. Butorphanol may significantly reduce Actiq's effectiveness or prevent it from working altogether. Talk to your doctor about how to safely stop taking buprenorphine before beginning Actiq.

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