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What Are Fentanyl Buccal Tablets Used For?

Fentanyl buccal tablets are approved for treating breakthrough cancer pain in adults. This prescription medication is only intended for use in people who are already taking around-the-clock pain medication and are accustomed to the effects of opioid medications. On occasion, fentanyl buccal tablets may be used for treating breakthrough pain associated with another chronic-pain condition besides cancer.

An Introduction to Uses of Fentanyl Buccal Tablets

Fentanyl buccal tablets (Fentora®) are a strong prescription opioid medication licensed to treat breakthrough pain (sudden bursts of pain that "break through" around-the-clock pain medication). Specifically, this medicine is used to treat breakthrough pain in people who are taking regularly scheduled narcotic pain medication for underlying cancer pain. The small buccal tablet is dissolved inside the mouth between the cheek and gum or under the tongue.
Fentanyl buccal tablets are used on an as-needed basis, in combination with another regularly scheduled narcotic pain medication. The tablets should not be used to treat acute pain (pain expected to last a limited amount of time), headache or migraine pain, or pain from surgery or other medical or dental procedures.
When treating chronic pain, an effective strategy for pain relief often includes using a baseline, around-the-clock medication to control most of the pain, without causing too much drowsiness or other side effects, plus adding a rescue medication for breakthrough pain. Fentanyl buccal tablets are commonly used as the rescue medication in such a strategy.
This medication should only be used in people who have already been using opioids, and who are tolerant to their effects. In general, people are considered opioid tolerant if they have been taking at least 60 mg of morphine, 30 mg of oxycodone, 8 mg of hydromorphone, 25 mcg of fentanyl patch (Duragesic®), or an equivalent dose of another opioid medication every day for at least a week.
Fentanyl buccal tablets are a Schedule II controlled substance, because they has a high potential for abuse. Schedule II medications are considered to have the highest abuse potential of all prescription medicines. As such, there are strict rules and regulations for prescribing and obtaining this medication.
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