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Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl (TIRF) Medicines

Transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl (TIRF) medicines contain fentanyl, a powerful prescription opioid pain reliever. TIRF medicines include Abstral (fentanyl) sublingual tablet, Actiq (fentanyl citrate) oral transmucosal lozenge, Fentora (fentanyl citrate) buccal tablet, Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray, Onsolis (fentanyl) buccal soluble film, Subsys (fentanyl) sublingual spray, and approved generic equivalents of Actiq, Abstral, and Fentora.

The TIRF medicines are indicated for the management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients 18 years of age and older (16 years of age and older for Actiq and its generic equivalents) who are already receiving and who are tolerant to around-the-clock opioid therapy for their underlying persistent cancer pain.

Breakthrough pain comes on suddenly for short periods of time and is not alleviated by a patient’s normal pain management plan. To use the TIRF medicines safely, these patients must be opioid tolerant based on concurrent regular use of another opioid medication.

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