Who should not take Actiq?

Actiq (fentanyl) should be taken only by cancer patients who are already taking a narcotic (opiate) for pain relief. It should not be used by anyone else, including cancer patients who are not currently taking another opiate-type drug or those with acute pain, postoperative pain or dental pain. Actiq should not be given to children; kids who have gotten hold of an adult's Actiq have died. Anyone who has an allergic sensitivity to any of the compounds in Actiq should not take it. Finally, there are a number of medications that can interact negatively with Actiq, so people on certain medications should not take Actiq. Give your doctor a complete list of all prescription and nonprescription medications you take; include any supplements on that list.

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