Cancer Pain Treatment for Intense Flares of Pain
If You Experience Breakthrough Pain, SUBSYS May Be Appropriate
Cancer patients with these sudden pain flares typically require breakthrough pain medication. However, this opioid pain medication is only used to treat the breakthrough pain flare. SUBSYS provides rapid relief of pain and was designed to be used with the pain medication you take routinely to manage your constant pain.
SUBSYS is a unique fentanyl sublingual spray that delivers a fine mist of medication underneath the tongue to provide pain relief. It is the first and only sublingual spray for breakthrough cancer pain.
How Can SUBSYS Help With Breakthrough Cancer Pain?
Breakthrough pain happens even though you are taking pain medicine regularly for your constant pain. It's called breakthrough pain because it "breaks through" the pain relief you get from your regular pain medicine. Breakthrough pain flares often come on quickly, and without warning. You may experience several breakthrough pain flares a day, which typically last between 15 and 60 minutes.
SUBSYS is the first and only breakthrough pain medication for patients with cancer offered as a sublingual spray. SUBSYS may provide pain relief in as little as 5 minutes.
SUBSYS is used for the management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients 18 years of age and older who are already receiving and are tolerant to opioid therapy for their underlying constant cancer pain.
Do not use SUBSYS for short-term pain that you should expect to go away in a few days, such as pain after surgery, headache or migraine, or dental pain. Do not take SUBSYS if you are not opioid tolerant. If you stop taking around-the-clock opioid pain medicine for your cancer pain, you must stop using SUBSYS, as you may no longer be opioid tolerant. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to treat your pain.
If you're interested in learning more about how SUBSYS can provide relief from your breakthrough pain, download the co-pay card and talk to your doctor today.