11 patient evaluations for Fentanyl patch taken for the purpose of 'pain' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Moderate

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May 29, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for cervical spondylosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle spasms in neck)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Continues to relieve a considerable amount of my pain and allows me to function more than I could without the patch.  Doesn't relieve all my pain, but it sure reduces the level. 

Nov 28, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cervical spondylosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms in neck)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: A correction to the above - at my doc's suggestion, we backed off the amount of fentanyl.  Downgraded to 75 mcg/hr with noticeable increase in pain levels.  At 50 mcg/hr, I couldn't function at all.  Pain levels too high and left me in bed or chair and with tears.  Back to 100 mcg/hr.  It doesn't relieve all my pain by any means, but it allows me to function. 

Mar 1, 2011 (Started Jan 15, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain/muscle spasm from degenerated cervical vertebrae)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: As an opiod, it is critical to keep a note where easily seen to ensure changing to new patch on time. In a few hours after missing change time, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms start. It much easier to use than the oral meds and prevents the up and down pain levels that oral meds create. Like all opiods, it is constipating, but (at my docs suggestion) I take a stool softener ever morning. That seems to relieve 90% of the problem. Because of degeneration in my cervical vertebrae and the days I overdo, I supplement the patch with oral opiods as needed. All in all, without the patch, I don't think I could function at all.

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Mar 30, 2014 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (low blood pressure)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: If you already have low blood pressure, be sure to monitor it while on this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 10, 2011 (Started Jan 28, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Side effects worse than the pain
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 23, 2011 (Started Jan 19, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I set a reminder on my cell phone so I don't forget to change my patch every 72 hours. The downside to taking this medication, besides the side effects, is sticky residue that is left over after removing one patch. Sometimes it causes itchiness and sometimes it is hard to remove the residue.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 13, 2011 (Started Jan 24, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Feb 24, 2011 (Started Jan 24, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: i'm still in the process of working up to a comfortable dosage as of yet. the 25mg is, so far, an improvement from the 12mg. i am fairly functional with it, and not too groggy.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 7, 2010 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin irritation under patch)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: skin irritation under patch

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Jul 13, 2010 (Started May 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (skin irritation under patch)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mcg All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: skin irritation under patch

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Jun 13, 2009 (Started Mar 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (itching, rash or skin problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mcg Monthly
Advice & Tips: That several people I know have allergic reactions either due to the adhesive or filler. I have been on the patch since 2001 and just since my drug store changed manufacturers did I have this problem.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: itching, rash or skin problems

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Apr 15, 2009 (Started May 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg All the time (24/7)
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 10, 2009 (Started Jan 07, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional withdrawal, withdrawal effects)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: please, this drug is unpredictable, very easy to overdose, sun simply hitting the patch will zap too much fentynal into the system, causing breathing to stop. my own experience. 8 months it took to come down from 200. YEAH
Side effects: emotional withdrawal, withdrawal effects

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