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Dr. David Sherer
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Duragesic (Overview)

Duragesic is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a kind of pain medication.


Dr. David Sherer
222 doctors shared insights

Duragesic (Overview)

Duragesic is a drug that increases narcotic effects which is a kind of pain medication.


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

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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Do Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patches work well? Are they safe?

Do Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patches work well? Are they safe?

Can work well: Yes Duragesic patches can work well. It depends on what dosage you are prescribed. One problem with the patch is building up a tolerance to continuous 72 hour pain patch. Any narcotic can lead to respiratory depression, stop breathing which can lead to cardiac arrest. If you drink alcohol, take Valium or xanax, (alprazolam) muscle relaxants, antidepressants, amphetamines, can increase risk of respiratory arre. ...Read more

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Can fentanyl toxicity cause hypoglycemia?

Can fentanyl toxicity cause hypoglycemia?

Not Typically: Opioid toxicity may be associated with low bp, confusion and respiratory depression. But, unless taken with other drugs that specifically lower blood glucose (for treating diabetes, for example), or in the presence of decreased nutritional intake, hypoglycemia isn't a prominent finding. ...Read more

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My husband is trying to get off the Duragesic (fentanyl) patch and hydrocodeine, what are the side effects of withdrawal?

My husband is trying to get off the Duragesic (fentanyl) patch and hydrocodeine, what are the side effects of withdrawal?

Withdrawal effects: The withdrawal effects of a medication, any medication is often the opposite of the therapeutic effects. In this case, diarrhea, anxiety, wakefullness and restlessness as well as feeling flu like and having a runny nose and sneezing with a rapid heart beat is common. We often call this sympathetic storm due to the activation of a certain type of nervous system response, there are meds that help. ...Read more

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One of the side effects of gleevec (imatinib) is bone pain. I can't take nsaids.I am on a combination of Duragesic and vicodan.Any suggestions other than narcs?

One of the side effects of gleevec (imatinib) is bone pain.  I can't take nsaids.I am on a combination of Duragesic and vicodan.Any suggestions other than narcs?

Adjuvant therapy: There is good evidence that shows anti-epileptic medications, Gabapentin and Lyrica (pregabalin) specifically, can work in conjunction with opioids in reducing pain as they work on different pain receptors. Cymbalta has also been approved for various pain conditions including back pain, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, etc. ...Read more

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29 m. I am on 200 mcg Duragesic fentanyl and 20 mg x 6 norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for bt pain. I have unknown stom/groin pain. What could warrant this much med?

29 m. I am on 200 mcg Duragesic fentanyl and 20 mg x 6 norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for bt pain.  I have unknown stom/groin pain. What could warrant this much med?

Almost nothing: That is an enormous amount of narcotic medication which almost certainly at some point lead to drug tolerance and addiction. The matter needs to be quickly diagnosed and taken care of. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do people feel on duragesic (fentanyl)?

Many side effects: Depends what reason you are prescribed the narcotic. If you have chronic severe pain, you may just have pain relief, possibly sedated, somnolent, possibe nausea, constipation. ...Read more

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