9 patient evaluations for Fentanyl patch with a side effects rating of Moderate

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Mar 25, 2013 (Started Jan 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (nausea and vomiting, chronic headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I will take anything that will ease my pain....
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 25, 2012 (Started Jun 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (spinning dizziness (vertigo), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: patch does not adhere to my skin. I have to try not to cover the patch, but I do have to use band-aids to keep it on.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 27, 2011 (Started Jun 20, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (spinning dizziness (vertigo), sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Since I already have trouble with urinary function, this medication has added to the difficulty in voiding or gives the sensation of urgency. I have found that it is difficult to keep the patch to stay on especially in the hot and humid weather. I have to tape it on.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jun 17, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (daytime tiredness, withdrawal effects)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Great treatment but it takes over your life. I need to get off it now as I am a little better after surgery.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: daytime tiredness, withdrawal effects

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Jun 4, 2011 (Started May 13, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 12 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I wish I could have stayed on Fentanyl, but I developed a bad rash. I don't know if I'm allergic to Fentanyl or just the sticky stuff on the back. Write to Fentanyl makes and tell them to find a way to make the patch stick to your body. I had to replace the patch constantly due to lack of efficacy to stick to skin. I also used Transderm tape (recommended by doctor) and it wouldn't adhere properly to the skin.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: rashes (redness, swelling)

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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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Nov 25, 2010 (Started Mar 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sciatic nerve pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: Don't forget to change patch. The effects start to reduce after 2 days so I used 2 x 50 patches and changed one every 36 hours. Very effective but the sticky residue can irritate the skin. Takes a while to get used to but well worth it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: lack of motivation

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Jan 1, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, cognitive impairment, hyperactivity)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 PATCH Daily
Advice & Tips: I agree with this treatment for certain people but feel it needs to be monitored closely by the individual prescribing it.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: cognitive impairment, hyperactivity, sleepiness

Sep 25, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness, cognitive impairment, hyperactivity)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: This worked great for me for several years then appeared not to do the trick any longer. It did not work when I experienced a relapse.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: cognitive impairment, hyperactivity, sleepiness

Sep 24, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Other)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, cognitive impairment, hyperactivity)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication works well until I have a relapse. I do sometimes forget to write down which day I put a new patch on. I find many other physicians I see, who don't seem to understand fibromyalgia or believe in it, tend to frown on the use of this medication.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: cognitive impairment, hyperactivity, sleepiness

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Nov 2, 2009 (Started Jun 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, dry mouth, loss of energy, emotional withdrawal, withdrawal effects)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: The patch would seem to fall off before the days were up and I would need more than what was given and couldn't get more so withdrawl was severe.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: withdrawal effects, loss of energy, emotional withdrawal, constipation, dry mouth, constipation

Jul 1, 2009 (Started Jun 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, dry mouth, loss of energy, withdrawal effects)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Every Other Week
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: withdrawal effects, loss of energy, emotional withdrawal, constipation, dry mouth, constipation

  • 0 helpful marks
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