The Duragesic Pain Patch

Many people are trying out duragesic pain patches for pain relief. What is the mystery to this patches that delivers Fentanyl through the patients skin?

If you have been taking prescription medicine for your chronic pain, your doctor may have suggested trying the "pain patch." This patch contains the drug Fentanyl. Similar to patches worn for smoke cessation, the pain patch is positioned on the back or chest. The pain relief medication slowly releases from the patch, through the skin, and into the bloodstream.

The patch is most often prescribed for people who are suffering severe and long lasting pain. The results are not shown right away. It takes 1 to 3 days for the medicine to reach a good saturation level. Your doctor may prescribe short acting analgesics for the first few days. Each patch is designed to last 72 hours, but it has been reported that the medicine wears off before the scheduled time. And unfortunately, the sufferers cannot replace the patch until after 72 hours. The consequences of these actions could result in serious problems, for instance breathing could become depressed, which could lead to death.

Like with many medications, there can be serious side effects when using the pain patch. Any medications that cause drowsiness taken while using the pain patch can produce frightening results. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms call your doctor, for instance development of a rash or difficulty urinating. The more common side effects are nausea, vomiting, constipation, sleepiness, mood swings, low blood pressure, dizziness, and loss of appetite. Most importantly, if you do notice any slowed breathing please call your doctor, remove the patch, and wash the area well.

There are advantages to using the patch especially if you have trouble swallowing your medications. The patches also let you get a strong pain medicine without the use of an IV pump. On the downside, you will not be able to really judge the level of pain control until after 24 hours. As with all positives, there are negatives. The three most common complaints are one, the patch doesn't prevent the onset of pain for a full 72 hours, two, the patch sometimes comes off (if you have trouble with the patch not adhering to your skin, the patch manufacturer recommends medical tape to hold it in place more affectively. To date this service is free-of charge; patients have reported the coverings were received after the next business day), and lastly, if you run a fever or like using a heating pad, the heat may cause a dangerous increase in the side effects.

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