Abstral (Fentanyl) [Sublingual tablet] 400mcg (fentanyl) is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Abstral sublingual tablets are used to treat “breakthrough” cancer pain that is not controlled by other medicines.
The sublingual tablet is placed on the floor of the mouth under your tongue (sublingual) and allowed to dissolve.
Abstral is not for treating pain that is not cancer-related.
Fentanyl can slow or stop your breathing, and may be habit-forming. Use only your prescribed dose. Never share Abstral with another person.
MISUSE OF NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.
Fatal side effects can occur if you use this medicine with alcohol, or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
Before taking Abstral (Fentanyl) [Sublingual tablet] 400mcg
Do not use Abstral unless you are already using an around-the-clock opioid medicine and are tolerant to it. You should not use Abstral if you are allergic to fentanyl, or if you have:
- severe asthma or other breathing problems; or
- a stomach or bowel obstruction (including paralytic ileus).
To make sure Abstral is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
- low blood pressure, slow heartbeats or other heart rhythm disorder;
- drug or alcohol addiction, depression, schizophrenia, or hallucinations;
- liver or kidney disease;
- urination problems; or
- problems with your thyroid, gallbladder, or pancreas.
Tell your doctor if there are children living in the home where you will store this medicine. The amount of fentanyl in this medicine can be fatal to a child.
If you use Abstral while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Do not breast-feed while you are using this medicine.
How should I use Abstral (Fentanyl) [Sublingual tablet] 400mcg?
Abstral dissolves under your tongue and will be absorbed by your body to help provide relief for your breakthrough cancer pain.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Fentanyl can slow or stop your breathing. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Fentanyl may be habit-forming, even at regular doses. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a person using the medicine without a prescription. Selling or giving away Abstral is against the law.