Abstral sublingual tablets are used to treat “breakthrough” cancer pain that is not controlled by other medicines.The sublingual tablet is placed on the floor of the mouth under your tongue (sublingual) and allowed to dissolve.Abstral is not for treating pain that is not cancer-related.
Before taking this medicine
Do not use Abstral unless you are already using an around-the-clock opioid medicine and are tolerant to it. You should not use Abstral if you are allergic to fentanyl, or if you have:
- severe asthma or other breathing problems; or
- a stomach or bowel obstruction (including paralytic ileus).
To make sure Abstral is safe for you,
- breathing problems, sleep apnea;
- any type of breathing problem or lung disease;
- a head injury, brain tumor, or seizures;
- low blood pressure, slow heartbeats or other heart rhythm disorder;
- drug or alcohol addiction, depression, schizophrenia, or hallucinations;
- liver or kidney disease;
- urination problems; or
- problems with your thyroid, gallbladder, or pancreas.
- common side effects
- More common
- Black, tarry stools
- blurred vision
- chest pain
- decreased urine