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 254 138
Fibromyalgia 175 88
Back pain 26 14
Pain in lower back 13 12
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 6 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 48
Moderate 88
Mild 119
None 86

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl patch

Side effect Patients
Constipation 42
Nausea 15
Adhesive reaction 14
Sleepiness 13
Dry mouth 12
Chronic constipation 11

Show all 138 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl patch

Dosage Patients
0.025 mg every 3 days 11
0.05 mg every 3 days 4
25 mcg every other day 4
100 mcg m,w,f 4
0.025 mg every other day 3
0.075 mg every 3 days 3
0.1 mg every 3 days 3
50 mcg m,w,f 3
50 mcg daily 3
75 mcg daily 3

See all 42 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 62
Other 61
Did not seem to work 37
Doctor's advice 37
Expense 18
Personal research 15
Change in health plan coverage 13
Course of treatment ended 9
See all 184 patients who've stopped taking Fentanyl patch

Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 22
5 - 10 years 31
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 41
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 303
Usually 25
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 56
A little hard to take 97
Not at all hard to take 170
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 7
$50-99 14
$25-49 36
< $25 162
Not specified 107

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 10
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 9
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 8
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 7
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 6

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 7
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 5
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Methadone (Methadose) 3

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Fentanyl patch

Sep 26, 2016 (Started Jun 27, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • 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
    Moderate (for optic neuritis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for chronic pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (constipation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 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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