Fentanyl Injection

Generic Name: fentanyl (injection) (FEN ta nil). Brand Name: Sublimaze
Brand names of other fentanyl dosage forms include: Abstral (sublingual tablet), Actiq (lozenge or "lollipop"), Duragesic (transdermal patch), Fentora (buccal tablet), Ionsys (transdermal device), Lazanda (nasal spray) and Subsys (sublingual spray).

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What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an opioid medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Fentanyl is used as part of anesthesia to help prevent pain after surgery or other medical procedure.

Fentanyl may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

You should not receive this medicine if you are allergic to fentanyl or other narcotic pain medicines.

It is very important that you are monitored closely by your doctor when receiving fentanyl injection. This will allow your doctor to determine whether it is working properly and if you should continue to receive treatment.

Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have bluish lips or skin; chest pain; difficulty with breathing; a fast, pounding or irregular heartbeat or pulse; shortness of breath; or muscle stiffness after receiving fentanyl.

MISUSE OF NARCOTIC MEDICATION CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription.

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Before taking this medicine

You should not receive this medicine if you are allergic to fentanyl or other narcotic pain medicines.

Some medicines can interact with fentanyl and cause a serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Be sure your doctor knows if you also take medicine for depression, mental illness, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. Ask your doctor before making any changes in how or when you take your medications.

To make sure fentanyl is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

It is not known whether fentanyl will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether fentanyl passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is fentanyl injection given?

Fentanyl is injected into a muscle, or into a vein through an IV. A healthcare provider will give you this injection as part of the anesthesia given for your surgery or medical procedure.

Your breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vital signs will be watched closely while you are receiving fentanyl.

You may be given other pain medications to use after your fentanyl treatment is discontinued.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since fentanyl is given as needed by a healthcare professional for only a short time, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.

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What happens if I overdose?

Since this medication is given by a healthcare professional in a medical setting, an overdose is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid after receiving fentanyl?

Fentanyl can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. You should not plan on driving or doing anything that requires you to be awake and alert right after you are treated with this medication. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.

Avoid drinking alcohol for several hours after you receive fentanyl.

Fentanyl side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to fentanyl: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Like other narcotic medicines, fentanyl can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.

Your caregivers will watch for any side effects you have, which may clear up within minutes after stopping the fentanyl infusion or decreasing the dose:

Common fentanyl side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect fentanyl?

Narcotic (opioid) medication can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with fentanyl, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?


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