What is Fentanyl patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Duragesic Duragesic-50 Watson Fentanyl Patch 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 259 141
Fibromyalgia 178 89
Back pain 27 14
Pain in lower back 12 11
Chronic pain syndrome 7 9

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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 45
Moderate 93
Mild 122
None 89

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl patch

Side effect Patients Percentage
Constipation 44
Nausea 15
Adhesive reaction 14
Sleepiness 14
Chronic constipation 12
Dry mouth 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl patch

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mcg m,w,f 3
100 mcg daily 3
0.025 mg every 3 days 2
0.025 mg every other day 2
0.05 mg every 3 days 2
0.05 mg every 72 hours 2
0.075 mg every 3 days 2
0.075 mg every other day 2
50 mcg weekly 2
25 mcg m,w,f 2

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Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch

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Reason Patients Percentage
Other 63
Side effects too severe 62
Doctor's advice 39
Did not seem to work 37
Expense 18
Personal research 15
Change in health plan coverage 13
Course of treatment ended 9
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Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 30
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 23
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 310
Usually 26
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 56
A little hard to take 99
Not at all hard to take 177
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 16
$100-199 7
$50-99 17
$25-49 37
< $25 164
Not specified 108

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 13
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 13
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 10
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) 6
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 5
Methadone (Methadose) 5
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3

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40 patient evaluations for Fentanyl patch

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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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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