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How do you take the Dsuvia (sufentanil) tablet?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 21, 2023.

Are there any special requirements?

Official answer


Dsuvia is a sublingual tablet that is placed under the tongue where it dissolves and the medicine is absorbed into the blood.

Dsuvia (sufentanil) from AcelRx Pharmaceuticals is a 30 microgram (mcg) sufentanil tablet in a single-dose, pre-filled applicator.

It is a potent opioid pain medication reserved for patients for whom there are no alternative pain treatment options. It is given under the tongue (sublingual).

  • You do not take Dsuvia yourself.
  • Dsuvia is given to you by a health care professional and only in a certified, medically-supervised setting (i.e., hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments), including use on the battlefield. It is only given via the single-dose applicator. Dsuvia outside of this medically-supervised setting can increase the risk of accidental exposure in others for whom it is not prescribed, causing fatal respiratory depression (slowed or stopped breathing).
  • Dsuvia is not available in retail pharmacy settings. Dsuvia is not dispensed directly to patients for use at home and should not be used for more than 72 hours. It is not for use in children.
  • Dsuvia contains sufentanil, a Schedule II controlled substance. As an opioid, Dsuvia exposes users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse.
  • Specific instructions for health care providers on the sublingual administration of Dsuvia can be found below.

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