How should I take Fentora?

Fentora (fentanyl), a morphine-like drug for breakthrough cancer pain, comes in the form of a buccal tablet -- a pill that you tuck above a back molar, between your inner cheek and upper gum line, so it can dissolve. Here are the steps you should to take to use Fentora safely:
  1. Peel back the foil on the blister packet to remove the tablet. Don't push the tablet through, because this can damage the pill. Only remove a pill if you plan to take it right away.
  2. Use Fentora tablets whole. Don't split them.
  3. Place the pill above an upper rear molar on your gum inside your cheek.
  4. Don't chew, suck or swallow the pill. Leave it in place until it dissolves, which usually takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
  5. If the pill hasn't completely dissolved within a half hour, dislodge and swallow it by drinking a glass of water.
If you start to experience dizziness, extreme sleepiness or nausea before the Fentora has completely dissolved, spit the remaining pill into the toilet and flush to insure safe disposal. Call your doctor and describe your symptoms before taking another dose of Fentora.

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