Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid analgesic similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more deadly. It is a Schedule II prescription drug and is designed for treating patients suffering from severe pain or for managing pain after surgery. Fentayl is prescribed in various names such as Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze. It is administered via injection, transdermal patch, or as lozenges. The drug works by binding to the opioid receptors of the body.
As of late, fentanyl as subsys sprays became the subject of a lawsuit for off-label prescriptions of its manufacturer. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, such practices can have lethal side effects on a patient. In this article, we shall understand some facts about fentanyl.
Subsys is associated with life-threatening breathing problems and eventually death.
Avoid using Subsys if you are not opioid tolerant. If you are no longer taking opioid pain medicine for cancer, stop using Subsys. Chances are you may no longer be opioid tolerant. Your healthcare provider may have other alternatives for treating your pain.
Follow the prescription procedure given by your healthcare provider
You must not take more than 2 doses for every episode of breakthrough cancer pain. Wait for four hours before treating a new episode of breakthrough pain.
Do not switch to another fentanyl containing medicine without consulting your doctor
The amount of dose in Subsys may not be similar in other medicines that have fentanyl. The starting dose in Subsys may be different in others.
Subsys is a federally controlled substance because it is a potent opioid pain medicine that is subject to misuse and abuse. Make sure to keep the drug out of reach of other people specially those who use opioid medicine or street drugs. Aside from that, selling or giving away of the drug is a violation of the law.