What should I do if I miss a dose of Actiq?

Because Actiq (fentanyl) is taken as needed, there's no standard dose or schedule. It's an opiate-type drug for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients already taking other opiate medications. If the first dose of Actiq does not provide adequate pain relief, you may be instructed to take a second one—but no more. You should not use Actiq again for at least four hours. Actiq is a lozenge that's on a stick (similar to a lollipop) that's held in the mouth while it dissolves. If your doctor prescribes Actiq for you, he or she will work with you to find the lowest possible dose that will provide good pain relief.

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