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.