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Classification: opioid analgesic

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: I

Other names for Actiq

  • fentanyl citrate
  • fentanyl

Actiq Addiction

Actiq is a fentanyl lozenge/lollipop that’s used to treat primarily cancer patients who are already prescribed opioid painkillers but have breakthrough pain. This version of fentanyl is contained in a lollipop-like device that users are instructed to suck on, just like they would a piece of candy.

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Intended Use of Actiq

Actiq is meant to treat breakthrough pain for cancer patients. This drug is used in addition to previously prescribed opioid painkillers as a way to stop any pain the prescription can’t treat.

How Actiq Is Taken

The design of Actiq is similar to that of a lollipop. Those who are prescribed the drug will receive white sticks with a cylinder on the end that they’re instructed to suck on for 15 minutes without crunching on or eating the end. It will dissolve in the user’s mouth and provide them with a specific dose of fentanyl.

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Side Effects of

  • constipation
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • lightheadedness, dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • mouth pain
  • dental damage

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Addiction to Actiq

Actiq is the same thing as fentanyl, meaning it’s very addictive if taken outside of a doctor’s guidance. If non-medical use occurs, seek out a doctor’s guidance to ensure you’re not at risk for overdose or withdrawl. If you take too much Actiq, your respiratory rate could crash, precipitating an overdose that could be fatal without a dose of naloxone.

Abuse Facts

Fentanyl has claimed the lives of tens of thousands in the last year alone. It’s regarded as the key driver behind the opioid overdose crisis in the US.

Fentanyl, the key ingredient of Actiq, can be lethal in still-small doses. It doesn’t take much to kill someone.

Prince died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016, and the drug has been the cause of many other notable celebrity deaths, including Mac Miller and Tom Petty.