What is Fentanyl patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Duragesic Watson Fentanyl Patch Duragesic-50 Show all

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See also: Fentanyl

Fentanyl is an opioid analgesic drug more powerful than morphine. In patch form it is used to provide a steady stream of the drug to treat moderate to severe chronic pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 299 152
Fibromyalgia 200 96
Back pain 35 21
Pain in lower back 15 12
Chronic pain syndrome 8 10

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 49
Moderate 94
Mild 127
None 91

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl patch

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 47
Adhesive reaction 15
Nausea 15
Sleepiness 15
Chronic constipation 12
Dry mouth 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl patch

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mcg m,w,f 2
0.025 mg every 3 days 1
0.0625 mg every 3 days 1
0.075 mg every 3 days 1
0.025 mg daily 1
0.075 mg every other day 1
2.5 mg every 3 days 1
50 mcg weekly 1
25 mcg m,w,f 1
25 mcg every 48 hours 1

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Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 65
Other 63
Doctor's advice 44
Did not seem to work 42
Expense 18
Personal research 16
Change in health plan coverage 14
Course of treatment ended 9
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Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 43
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 321
Usually 26
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 19
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 103
Not at all hard to take 181
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 16
$100-199 7
$50-99 18
$25-49 38
< $25 167
Not specified 115

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 14
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 14
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 12
Morphine (Morphine ER) 10
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 8

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Patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Morphine (Morphine ER) 11
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 9
Methadone (Methadose) 8
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 6
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 6

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40 patient evaluations for Fentanyl patch

Jan 6, 2020 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (grogginess)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.075 mg Every 3 days
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 19, 2016 (Started Jun 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Fentanyl is what keeps me functioning on a day to day basis. Over the past many years (at least pre 2007) it has made the difference when nothing else worked.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 26, 2016 (Started Jun 27, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg M,W,F

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Sep 19, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for optic neuritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Constipation is SEVERE!! Make sure precautions are taken when using this drug.

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