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What should I know about fentanyl buccal soluble film (Onsolis)?

Fentanyl buccal soluble film (Onsolis) may cause serious breathing problems, which may be fatal, particularly if you are not taking another opioid medication every day for your persistent cancer pain and your body isn't accustomed to the medicine, or if a child under the age of 18 uses fentanyl buccal soluble film accidentally. Follow the exact instructions supplied to you on how to use it. If you are pregnant, this medication may harm the fetus. This medication passes through breast milk, so may cause serious harm to a baby. You should not use while breast-feeding. Before you can begin to use this medicine, you must enroll in the manufacturer's FOCUS program, which helps lessen the serious risks and complications of this medication. Your doctor can help explain this program to you. This drug may cause symptoms of central nervous system depression, including low blood pressure, slowed breathing and sedative effects. These may be compounded if this drug is used with certain other drugs. Do not drive or do any task requiring alertness while on this drug. If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a recent head injury, a heart problem or kidney problems, you should talk to your doctor before taking this drug, as it may complicate these conditions. It is possible to become physically dependent on this drug, so make sure you are following your doctor's orders exactly while taking it.

 

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