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Please help! What happens if you cut a fentanyl patch to have a smaller dose?

Please help! What happens if you cut a fentanyl patch to have a smaller dose?

Should not be done: Transdermal fentanyl patches are engineered to deliver a specific dose per unit of time. The size of the patch and the adhesives/compounds in the patch must remain intact. Cutting the patch may result in too little being administered or possibly a fatal overdose. ...Read more

Dr. Norman Cohen
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How do fentanyl patches work?

How do fentanyl patches work?

Provide pain relief: Fentanyl patches are small patches like a band-aid. The medicine is mixed into the bandage material. Once it is applied to the skin, the fentanyl, an opiate medication, slowly dissolves through the patient's skin and is ultimately absorbed into the blood so that it circulates throughout the body providing pain relief. The patches come in different doses affecting length of time they work. ...Read more

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What does fentanyl patch look like?

Please tell YOUR age: If would appear that you are signing in under someone else's account and since you are asking a bit of an unusual question when it comes to the controlled substance Fentanyl we need to verify your age and the purpose of your question. This site is for answering medical questions that have clinical relevance for patients with an illness. How does your question address a clinical need? ...Read more

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How safe are Fentanyl patch 50 mcg?

High risk: For side effects, abuse and potential serious breathing problems and death. Vomiting, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, or headache, just a few common side effects that may occur. Carefully follow your physician instructions for using fentanyl patches and remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he/she has thought that the benefit to you is greater than the risk. ...Read more

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How do I get fentanyl patches to stick?

Brand name: Try different manufactures. Some stick better then others. J&j makes reliable patches. Also wipe your skin with alcohol, let it dry, then apply. ...Read more

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Fentanyl patch - how long until it kicks in?

Fentanyl patch - how long until it kicks in?

Fentanyl patch: The fentanyl in the patch should start it effect very soon after application of the patch. Within minutes. The onset if affected by your skin type and any chemicals on your skin before applying the patch. Make sure you follow directions on its use and if the dose is insufficient for you your doctor may need to increase the dose. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does can I take the fentanyl patch?

How long does can I take the fentanyl patch?

As long as doc says: Fentanyl is a narcotic used to fight pain. The patch form is typically used for those w/chronic pain. Therefore, one should only take it as long as your physician recommends that you do so. Be careful of addiction as well as constipation. ...Read more

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Fentanyl patch fell off in pool, what to do?

Call your doc: The best course of action is going to be to call your doc and explain and ask them for recommendations. The course of action will depend on your patch dosage, when you last changed it and the reason you use the patch. It is not safe to make recommendations without this information, so you need to confer with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Can you ease tell me what a fentanyl patch is?

For chronic pain: Fentanyl transdermal patch is used in chronic pain management. The patches work by releasing fentanyl into body fats, which then slowly release the drug into the bloodstream over 48 to 72 hours, allowing for long-lasting relief from pain. The patches are available in generic form and are available for lower costs. Dosage is based on the size of the patch, since the t. ...Read more

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My fentanyl patch fell off in pool, what to do?

Call Doctor: Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic and the patch has a particular way of working. Therefore, any changes in pain management plan must be directed by md. ...Read more

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How long before the first fentanyl patch starts to work?

It's peak onset: May take 24 hours with first patch, and will recapitulate the build up if a gap of 2 hours without patch occurs. Break though narcotics can be used unitl peak action. ...Read more

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What is usualy the the starting dose for a fentanyl patch?

What is usualy the the starting dose for a fentanyl patch?

Varies: The dosing depends on how much opiate class drugs one is already taking. For those taking a relatively small amount and without evidence of tolerance, the starting dose is 25 mcg/hr. If one is taking higher doses of drugs such as oxycodone, morphine, hydromorphone or methadone, the starting dose could be 50, 75 or even 100 mcg/hr. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the lowest possible fentanyl patch dose?

Fentanyl: 25 micrograms/hr is the lowest clinically relevant dose. 12.5 microgram is the lowest available. ...Read more

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Can I be on the fentanyl patch and also 80 mg oxycoton the patch is 25 mg?

Can I be on the fentanyl patch and also 80 mg oxycoton the patch is 25 mg?

Serious Medications: First of all mixing opiates together is a very serious issue. If you are on the 80mg Oxycontin cr tablet, I would imagine you are dealing with very severe pain. Adding additional opiates with Oxycontin should really only be prescribed a pain specialist and monitored very closely. The pain management doctor should organize a specific treatment plan with you. Theses medications are serious stuff. ...Read more

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I have a fentanyl 25mcg/hr patch. What is the best way to go about taking it?

I have a fentanyl 25mcg/hr patch. What is the best way to go about taking it?

Fentanyl: Place it on intact skin. Do not expect any benefit for about 6-8 hrs (provided the dose is effective). Also patch is to be changed every 72 hrs. ...Read more

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I am a fentanyl patch but my work drug tests come up negative. How can this be?

Fentanyl is: Unique pharmacolocig compund that may cover narcotic/opiod receptors but it and its metabolites may not be picked p in generic screens for morhine, heroin, Methadone or cannabinoids. There are other newer pain products Nucynta (tapentadol) that also are relatively potent analgesics that do not turn screens positive. ...Read more

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I think Its better to change my fentanyl patches after two days is this common?

I think Its better to change my fentanyl patches after two days is this common?

Your doc's opinion: It typically takes a bit longer for Fentanyl patches to really get up to steady blood levels enough to start affecting severe pain. Unless of course, you are referring to side effects in which case those could appear immediately. Talk with your doctor and see what they advise. ...Read more

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Doubling a fentanyl patch dose and a subsequent death. Is there any connection?

Would need more info: Fentanyl is a very powerfull opiod 1000 times more patent than morphine. How much opiod was the person taking? Opiod naive patient (persons who are not taking opiods) will react differently than people who are on chronic opiods. It is harder to hurt people on chronic opiods by increasing opiods they are already on but even they can be hurt. Was it given for chronic or new acute pain. It's possible. ...Read more

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If I used a fentanyl patch 100mcg without having used one before, what would happen?

Possible overdose: respiratory failure and death. The fentanyl patch is one of the most potent narcotics and the 100mcg patch is the strongest patch and one should not use it without being titrated up to this by a physician properly trained to do so. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the 50 mcg fentanyl patch to work? I put it on 5 hours ago?

Max 12hours: Within 12 hours you should know if it is helping. Give it several days though to see if it helps at all, then you can follow up with the dr. And let them know if you may need to have your medication adjusted. ...Read more

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How long would a 100mcg fentanyl patch have to be worn before I knew if I was in danger?

Fentanyl patch: USe of fentanyl patches results in plasma levels being adequate in about 6-8 hours with the first patch. So if you just went straight to a 100mcgm patch first use it will take 6-8 hours. One should never use a 100mgcm patch as the first selection when using Fentanyl patches - always start low and increase dose as needed and indicated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fentanyl patch to work after you're first dose? Ie: when you change your patch.

24 hours: The dose and frequency is determined by prescribing physician. If desired effect is not reached talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been on fentanyl patch by my dr for 3 yrs how long does it take to get out of my system?

Fentanyl: There are two answers. Chemically, the transdermal fentanyl will be gone in about 48-72 hours. That's because the dermis holds on to the drug and it can be a slow, slow release. Physically, you have a narcotic addiction that will take much longer to address. See a pain/addiction specialist for weaning oversight. Don't go cold turkey. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fentanyl patch to work put in on yesterday at 1pm and it still hasn't started to work yet?

About. 7 to 8 hours: Usually it takes 7 or 8 hours until it works... Also Duragesic (fentanyl) stays in your system for 7 to 8 hours after you stop it. Be careful with Duragesic (fentanyl) as it is actually very potent. Often when patients feel its not working we may double the dose which can be dangerous depending on your age and medical condition. Good luck and be safe. ...Read more

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I am on 100 mcg fentanyl patch every 48 hours. I am searching for a new dr. To help me get off this med. How do I approach this with a new dr?

Openly and honestly: Pain management physicians are well trained to help patients wean from pain medications. This is best done when one is open and honest with that physician (true with all interactions with physicians.) be sure to ask about what to expect and what to do if these occur. Good luck! ...Read more

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

Level pain relief: Good prolonged and level amount of pain relief for chronic conditions that have pain. Like any narcotic, addiction is possible. Building up a tolerance to narcotics also inherent to chronic narcotic exposure ...Read more

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Side effects of using fentanyl pain patches?

Fentanyl patch: Some of the common side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, irritation, itching, or redness at the application site can also occur. More serious side effects including agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach/abdominal pain, difficulty urinating or allergic reactions are very rare. ...Read more

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Fentanyl patch and Cialis together, is this ok?

Yes, if: You can take or apply each individually the combination would be ok ...Read more

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