I am a chronic pain patient and I was prescribed Actiq several years ago. I have tried various other pain medicines and nothing touches the pain like Actiq. I've come up against a type of road block however. The doctor who was prescribing it seemed uncomfortable so I changed doctors. My new doctor flat out refused. Every subsequent doctor has followed suit in refusing to prescribe it. I just don't understand. They've prescribed just about everything else under the sun, and I feel like I'm dying. Any help is appreciated.
ACTIQ as you probably know is a breakthrough narcotic for cancer patients only and RARELY for patients with Chorinc Pain without cancer. The FDA is currently studying the effects of ACTIQ on non-malignant patients to see if it's acceptable for those non cancer patients. Any person who is prescribed ACTIQ that has no cancer is basically getting the medication off- label which doctor's rarely do even though 80% of ACTIQ is prescribe off-label for people with chronic pain such as you and I who do not have cancer. It also depends on the doctor you are visiting. I am currently seeing a Pain Management/Anesthesiologist who really know their medications and how they work. I'm currently in the process of being prescribe narcotics. I think I want to use the Fentanyl Patch along with ACTIQ for breakthrough pain (At least I hope my doctor will prescribe it for me anyways.) Basically it's really hard to get the stuff unless you find the right doctor who understands breakthrough pain. Best of luck to you and your management of pain!
- Actiq Information for Consumers
- Actiq Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Actiq (detailed)
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