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If I am pregnant, is it safe to use Actiq?

Actiq (fentanyl), a quick-acting lozenge for treating breakthrough cancer pain, poses risks for pregnant women. There have been no adequate studies of its safety in pregnant women. Infants born to mothers who took fentanyl, the active ingredient in Actiq, during pregnancy may have trouble breathing, behavior changes or seizures. Women in labor or having a Cesarean section should not be given this drug, because it passes through the placenta and may cause breathing problems in the newborn. If you're pregnant and have cancer and are experiencing breakthrough cancer pain even though you are taking regular opiate-type drugs, talk to your doctors about whether the benefits of Actiq outweigh the risks in your specific case.

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