10 patient evaluations for Fentanyl patch taken for the purpose of 'fibromyalgia'

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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: 100 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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Jan 19, 2014 (Started Feb 26, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Write date you put the patch on on the patch.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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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Jul 1, 2012 (Started Apr 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation, sexual dysfunction, dry mouth, loss of energy, adhesive reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: due to a skin allergy and several side effects i stopped the patch and started a new medication
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: adhesive reaction, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, loss of energy, constipation

May 13, 2009 (Started Apr 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, sexual dysfunction, dry mouth, loss of energy, adhesive reaction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: definately the adhesive sensetivity.
Side effects: adhesive reaction, dry mouth, sexual dysfunction, loss of energy, constipation

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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: 50 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: 50 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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Feb 24, 2011 (Started Feb 16, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I don't think this is a treatment for people who are "Pleasently plump"! I feel it was not an enough dose and had to be upd but my doctor instead took me off of the patch and back on the Morphine. I have to wait a month til my dose of Morphine can be raised. Im sorry for the disappointment and I am sooo scared that I will not find anything that works.

Feb 17, 2011 (Started Feb 16, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I started the patch 2/16/11 and take it every 72 hours but I have yet to feel any relief from it and suspect I have to go up a few doses.

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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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Sep 11, 2009 (Started Sep 02, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for back pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 PATCH All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: MAY NOT STICK TO SKIN WELL.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Mar 11, 2009 (Started Aug 14, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Think it was the best treatment I had taken for fibro and took it for several years until they changed manufactures and I had allergic reactions.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: constipation

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