What is Fentanyl?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Actiq Fentora Ionsys Show all

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See also: Fentanyl patch

Fentanyl is a narcotic (opioid) pain medicine available in various preparations including transdermal patch, lozenge, tablets, infusion and injection. Brand names include Actiq®; Duragesic®; Fentora™; Ionsys™; Sublimaze®.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 84 42
Fibromyalgia 28 21
Breakthrough pain 18 11
Back pain 3 2
Migraine headaches 3 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 10
Moderate 6
Mild 23
None 22

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 9
Dizziness 2
Drowsiness 2
Fatigue 2
Sleepiness 2
Blood in vomit 1

Show all 25 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mcg weekly 1
25 mcg m,w,f 1
25 mcg every other day 1
50 mcg m,w,f 1
125 mcg m,w,f 1
60 mcg daily 1
75 mcg daily 1
750 mcg m,w,f 1
4mcg as needed 1
50mcg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 9
Doctor's advice 7
Course of treatment ended 6
Side effects too severe 6
Did not seem to work 4
Personal research 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
See all 35 patients who've stopped taking Fentanyl

Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Fentanyl

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 52
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 43
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 4
< $25 25
Not specified 23

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 7
Morphine patch 3
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 2
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fentanyl and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 2
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 2
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Fentanyl

Jan 1, 2015 (Started Sep 14, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for awakening due to pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for pain in leg(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for plantar fasciitis (painful foot))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg Daily

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Jan 29, 2014 (Started Jan 29, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for surgery)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, grogginess, problems concentrating, memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg One time
Advice & Tips: I was in such nerve pain before my colonoscopy & Endoscopy & when I woke the pain was way too to about a 5/6 versus way beyond a 10, to where I wanted someone to put me out of my misery. They gave it to me through IV with Versed, which is an Amnesia inducing medication, so I'm not sure which side effects were caused by the Fentanyl alone, but my rectum & throat didn't hurt either. Some mod throat scratchiness, but that's it.

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Jan 23, 2013 (Started Feb 03, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (doping, over heating, to the point of chest tighting and forced to not move, euphoria)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Feb 03, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mcg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 11, 2012 (Started Feb 03, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breakthrough pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (doping, over heating, to the point of chest tighting and forced to not move, euphoria)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: When on this drug in the form of a transdermal patch it is unwise to put the patch on the back as a sudden rise in temperature can cause an increase in absorbtion time thus escalating side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 28, 2012 (Started Feb 03, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for breakthrough pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Mild (doping, euphoria)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mcg M,W,F
Cost: < $25 monthly

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