How is Duragesic (fentanyl) patch for chronic pain?

Reasonably effective. Let your pain management physician and your self decide about this option itching at site and premature falling off from site are some times problems.

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What recommendations do you have for chronic pain besides the Duragesic (fentanyl) patch?

See below. Please discuss this in detail with your treating pain physician. Other around the clock medication treatments include: oral morphine, non narcotics like neurontin, topamax, lamictal, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, and so on. In my practice, i frequently recommend muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories too when appropriate. Read more...

Already taking methadone for chronic pain. RX'd the fentanyl patches but they arent working for rotator cuff injury pain. Why not?

Methadone. Okay there is a problem with this picture - Methadone is a long acting medication and may be very appropriate for chronic pain (it is also used in addiction) - now you have Fentanyl patches - a long acting medication used in pain - why in the world were you given fentanyl patches when you are already on methadone. You cannot and must not use two long acting analgesics together. Read more...

What is better for chronic pain management fentanyl patches or buprenex (buprenorphine)?

Neither. Neither. See a pain specialist who does not hand out narcotics. If you must have one, try for generic ms-contin. Less absue and diversion potential. Read more...
Which works? There is no answer to your question. The beter one is the one that works for you. Read more...

Why would a doctor treating chronic pain switch a patient using prescription oxycontin to fentanyl patch?

Not sure. Both of these meds are long acting opioids. If one's pain is well controlled on Oxycontin there would be no reason to switch. If Oxycontin is not adequate the patch can be tried. The patch can be cheaper in that it is generic and Oxycontin is not. Read more...
Depends! It really depends on the effectiveness and side side effects of the medication (oxycontin in the this case). Both medications are considered long acting pain medicine. If Oxycontin caused intolerable side effects (e.g. Nausea/vomiting, sedation), then pain physicians should try other medications (or methods) to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects. Read more...

Is fentanyl used long term for chronic pain?

Yes, of course. The answer is that you can use fentanyl safely, selectively and sparingly. Most of the debate about the role of opioids in chronic pain management is based upon both the safety and efficacy of these drugs and the potential for abuse. Because of concerns about tolerance, physical dependence and addiction, many health professionals are still reluctant to prescribe opioids for chronic pain. Read more...

I have Kaiser and I have chronic pain. I take fentanyl 100 mcg 2 every 3 days and morphine 60 mg 2 twice a day. I needed refill yesterday my dr wont.?

No narcotics. on this website: consider the role of such dangerous medicine and consult pain management. Read more...
Ask to see a pain. management specialist.They are very strict with their protocols but they r the experts.U must be completely honest and follow their rules.Good luck. Read more...

Is 1600mcg of fentanyl compounded with. 4mg of naloxone sublingal for bt to short of an acting med for chronic pain she was on 30mg of oxydose for bt?

Yes. Does not sound like an appopriate long acting narcotic. Sl fentanyl is rapidly absorbed (fentanyl lollipops) and is suitable only for breakthrough pain. This patient needs suitable long acting agent, such as ms contin, (morphine) Methadone (must be used very carefully), Oxycontin or oxycodone er, or osme of the other newer la narcotic medications. Cvonsult with your pain mgment physician, not by internet. Read more...
That's a big dose. 1600 mcg of fentanyl is a very big dose for breakthrough pain and is a much bigger dose than 30mg of oxycodone. Fentanyl acts quicker but does not last as long as oxycodone. Read more...