Actiq is a formulation of fentanyl citrate that is in the form of a ‘lollipop’ that is most effective when consumed in 15 minutes. The main ingredient, fentanyl citrate, is intended to be used as a painkiller for people who have trouble swallowing, and this synthetic opiate can be 80-times to 100-times more powerful than morphine. Having a berry flavored taste, the lollipop painkiller comes in gray, blue, orange, purple, green, and burgundy plastic handles to indicate the different dosages.
Though created to help cancer patients and others suffering from severe pain, there are issues associated with this drug. This highly addictive lollipop has been linked to dozens of deaths across the United States. Although the FDA approved it in 1998 for cancer patients, more than 80 percent of lollipop users don't have cancer.
Because it contains a large amount of sugar and flavoring, people who consume several lollipops a day often experience weight gain and tooth decay. Other side effects may include hot flashes, dizziness, constipation and rash. It has addictive qualities similar to those of heroin.
The fact that the drug company behind Actiq actively encouraged doctors to prescribe this powerful drug for off-label use means that they may be held responsible for the resulting serious side effects.
If you or a loved one experienced serious side effects or death while taking Actiq, contact us today to find out if you may have a personal injury claim.