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What is Actiq?

Actiq (fentanyl) is a synthetic opiate prescribed to treat breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are already taking other opiate-type drugs for pain. It's a lozenge on a stick that is absorbed through the mucus membranes in the mouth, providing quick pain relief. Actiq is a powerful drug with potentially serious, even fatal, side effects, and so people who use it are monitored very closely by medical professionals.

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