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what is the price of duragesic (fentanyl) patch?

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Dr. Mark Sacher
Pain Management 33 years experience
Varies: Varies from pharmacy to pharmacy.

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I want help withdrawing from fentanyl duralegesic patch.I have had two fusion surgeries in three years, the last one was on 10/17/11. It went from 200 mcg to 75 mcg. Ialso sweat terribly. What should I do?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Fentanyl: Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, and a few patients will have significant withdrawal. Muscles aches, sweating, nausea can be blunted by coming off slowly. Work with your doctor to reduce your dose more slowly. Other options include suboxone, and other medication that help to lessen withdrawal symptoms.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a morphine patch durogesic fentanyl to lose effect?

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Dr. Andrew Gross
Anesthesiology 73 years experience
Narcotic patches: The patch you ask about is not a morphine patch, but is a patch with fentanyl citrate. This is a synthetic potent fat soluble medication much more potent than morphine and with more action in the spinal cord and brain areas due to high fat absorption. Due to this the patch can stay effective for up to 12-24 hours after patch removal even though fentanyl can be broken down quickly be careful.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What would cause a false negative urine drug test for fentanyl patches?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Errors: 1. Not wearing the patch, an exhausted patch, a placebo patch 2. The test was not specific for fentanyl 3. Lab error 4. Specimen misidentification.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How to I manage converting from hydrocodone/vicodin to fentanyl patch?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Its your: Doctor's job, but does depend on how much hydrocodone/acetomenophen you are using in 24 hours, and how much pain you have. Problem with vicodin es, is that it blends 7.5 hydro with 750 acetomenophen-- cannot double up because tylenol (acetaminophen) od. Commonly start with 25microgram fentanyl, and see how much breakthrough med is needed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the upsides and downsides of the Duragesic (fentanyl) patch?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Duragesic (fentanyl) patch: Upsides- for chronic pain and gives you steady state levels that are not seen with short acting opiods. Downsides- very potent. Not helpful for acute pain. Often needs a rescue pain med as well.

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