No, it's oral bioavailability is only 15% and its half-life at 1.7 hours is too short for a safe tablet delivery system.
Fentanyl does come in pill form, Fentanyl Buccal Tablets, however, my understanding is it is only to be used for opioid tolerant cancer patients. Fentanyl comes in injection, patches and a sucker,(lollipop) forms for other use. They gave me a lollipop to suck on when I had my bone marrow biopsy, along with a shot of something else. I use the patches for chronic pain management. My understanding is also that you should never be given Fentanyl unless you are proven opioid tolerant. Hope this helps
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
- Fentanyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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