How To Use This Medicine
Use Fentora exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger
amounts or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor.
Using too much Fentora
can be very harmful or fatal. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from
If you switch from using Actiq (fentanyl oral transmucosal devices) to using Fentora
(fentanyl buccal tablets), you will not use the same fentanyl dose. Fentora is given at
lower doses than Actiq. If you use the same dose of each medication, you may have
life-threatening overdose symptoms.
To use Fentora tablets:
Keep the tablet in its blister pack until you are ready to take the medicine. Separate a
single blister from the rest of the pack by tearing along the dotted lines. Bend the
blister unit on the fold line and peel the foil backing off. Do not push a tablet through
the foil or you may damage the tablet.
Tip the blister unit and drop the Fentora tablet into the palm of your hand. Using dry
fingers, place the tablet between your upper gum and your cheek, near your back teeth. The
tablet will begin to dissolve right away. You may feel a slight bubbling while the tablet
Do not break, chew, or swallow the tablet whole. Allow it to dissolve in your mouth
without chewing. This should take about 14 to 25 minutes.
If any pieces of the Fentora tablet remain in your mouth after 30 minutes, drink a glass
of water to wash them down.
You may use a second Fentora tablet 30 minutes after the first. Use only the same strength
and amount you used for the first dose. Call your doctor if you have breakthrough pain
more than 4 times in one day while using this medicine.
If you feel dizzy, nauseated, or very sleepy while the tablet is still in your mouth, spit
the medicine out into a sink or toilet and rinse your mouth with water to remove all
remaining pieces of the tablet. Call your doctor for instructions. Call your doctor if
your pain does not improve, or if it gets worse after using Fentora.
You may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using Fentora after using it over a long
period of time. Do not stop using this medication suddenly without first talking to your
doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Store this medication at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Do not allow the
tablets to freeze. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children or pets. The amount of
fentanyl in each Fentora tablet
can be fatal to a child or pet who accidentally sucks
on or swallows it. Seek emergency medical attention if this happens.
Keep track of how many tablets have been used from each new package of this medicine.
Fentora is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if any person in the household is using
this medicine improperly or without a prescription.
If you end up not using a tablet that has been removed from the blister pack, flush the
tablet down a toilet. Do not use a Fentora tablet that has been left out of the blister
pack for more than a few minutes.
Throw away any other unused tablets by removing them from the blister pack and flushing
them down a toilet.