Subsys

Drug List

Subsys

Drug Name

Subsys (Fentanyl)

Manufactured By

INSYS Therapeutics, Inc.

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Used to treat "breakthrough" cancer pain that is not controlled by other medicines.

How To Use

Use Subsys exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Fentanyl can slow or stop your breathing. Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. MISUSE OF NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATION CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain. Do not use Subsys to replace any other form of fentanyl, such as Actiq, Fentora, Onsolis, Duragesic, Lazanda, or generic brands of fentanyl (injection, skin patch, dissolving film, or "lollipop" device). If you switch to Subsys from another form of fentanyl, you will not use the same dose. You must start with the lowest dose (100 micrograms). Your doctor may change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Point the Subsys spray nozzle into your mouth, lift your tongue, and spray the medicine under your tongue. Hold the liquid under the tongue for 30 to 60 seconds. Do not spit, swallow, or rinse your mouth during this time. You may use a second dose of Subsys 30 minutes after the first. Use only the same strength and amount you used for the first dose. Call your doctor if you still have pain after taking the second tablet. Do not take more than 2 doses for each episode of breakthrough cancer pain. You must wait at least 4 hours after your last dose of Subsys before you can treat a new pain episode. Call your doctor if you have breakthrough pain more than 4 times in one day while using this medicine. Do not treat more than 4 pain episodes per day with this medicine. Do not stop using Subsys suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.

Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Subsys: hives; difficulty 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. Call your doctor at once if you have: * slow heart rate, weak or shallow breathing, sighing, severe drowsiness, feeling like you might pass out; * confusion, extreme fear, unusual thoughts or behavior; * pale skin, feeling short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; * infertility, missed menstrual periods, impotence, sexual problems, loss of interest in sex; * low cortisol levels - nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, worsening tiredness or weakness; or * dehydration symptoms - thirst, dry mouth, little or no urinating, hot and dry skin. Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Common Subsys side effects may include: * headache, dizziness, drowsiness, pale skin, feeling weak or tired; * constipation, nausea, vomiting; or * swelling in your hands or feet. 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.

Drug Interactions

Some drugs can raise or lower your blood levels of fentanyl, which may cause side effects or make Subsys less effective. Tell your doctor if you also use certain antibiotics, antifungal medications, heart or blood pressure medications, or medicines to treat HIV or AIDS. Fentanyl can interact with many other drugs and cause dangerous side effects or death. Be sure your doctor knows if you also use: * other narcotic medications - opioid pain medicine or prescription cough medicine; * drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing - a sleeping pill, muscle relaxer, sedative, tranquilizer, or antipsychotic medicine; or * drugs that affect serotonin levels in your body - medicine for depression, Parkinson's disease, migraine headaches, serious infections, or prevention of nausea and vomiting. 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.

In Case of Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A fentanyl overdose can be fatal, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Overdose symptoms may include extreme weakness or drowsiness, weak pulse, cold and clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, and slow breathing (breathing may stop).

In Case of Missed Dose

Since Subsys is used for pain, you are not likely to miss a dose. Skip any missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Storage

Store at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Keep track of the amount of medicine used. Fentanyl is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.