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Can Actiq interact with foods or alcohol?

It's best not to eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while being treated with Actiq (fentanyl), a quick-acting lozenge for relieving breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are already being treated with opiate-type painkillers. Grapefruit can affect the way your body metabolizes many drugs and may cause you to wind up with more of the drug in your system than is safe, increasing the risk of side effects.

It's also vital to avoid all alcohol (including alcohol in other medications) while being treated with Actiq. It can substantially increase the risk of serious, even fatal, side effects.

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