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Fentanyl Buccal Tablets

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind when taking this medication include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a tablet, which is dissolved in the mouth between the upper cheek and gums (above a rear molar tooth). Alternatively, the tablet may also be placed under the tongue.
  • Keep the tablet between your cheek and gum (or under the tongue) until it dissolves. This normally takes 14 to 25 minutes. You may swallow any remaining tablet with a glass of water after 30 minutes.
  • Fentanyl buccal tablets come in a sealed blister package, which should not be opened until immediately before use. To open the blister package, peel the foil backing away to expose the tablet. Do not try to push the tablet through the foil, as this may damage the tablet.
  • Do not cut, crush, or break the tablets. They must be placed in the mouth whole.
  • Do not suck on, chew, or swallow the tablets. Doing so may cause less of the medication to be absorbed by the body, resulting in inadequate pain relief.
  • Place fentanyl buccal tablets on alternating sides of your mouth with each subsequent dose.
  • If you feel dizzy, unusually sleepy, or sick to your stomach before the tablet is completely dissolved, rinse your mouth with water and spit the tablet into the sink or toilet. Make sure to rinse the sink or flush the toilet to dispose of fentanyl buccal tablets (see Fentora Storage and Disposal for information about safe disposal).
  • Continue to take your regularly scheduled, around-the-clock opioid pain medication while taking fentanyl buccal tablets. Fentanyl buccal tablets alone will not control your pain.
  • This medication may be very dangerous, and could even cause death, if ingested by a child or someone for whom the medication is not prescribed. Store fentanyl buccal tablets in a safe place, out of the reach of children (see Fentora Storage and Disposal for more information).
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not increase your dose or suddenly stop taking this medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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