What is Fentanyl Transdermal 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
Chronic pain 265 120
Pain 243 129
Fibromyalgia 162 84
Back pain 27 14
Pain in lower back 13 12
Chronic Pain Syndrome 5 5

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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
Severe 44
Moderate 85
Mild 103
None 70

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

Side effect Patients
Constipation 37
Adhesive reaction 14
Nausea 14
Dry mouth 12
Loss of energy 11
Chronic constipation 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

Dosage Patients
25 mcg every other day 6
100 mcg daily 5
25 mcg m,w,f 4
0.025 mg every other day 3
75 mcg m,w,f 3
25mcg/hr as needed 3
12 mcg daily 2
50 mcg m,w,f 2
25 mcg daily 2
50 mcg every other day 2

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Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 57
Other 54
Did not seem to work 35
Doctor's advice 31
Expense 15
Personal research 15
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
See all 164 patients who’ve stopped taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 29
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 266
Usually 25
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 52
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 145
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 7
$50-99 11
$25-49 26
< $25 154
Not specified 89

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 8
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 6
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 5
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 4
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 3
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Methadone (Methadose) 2
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 2
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 2

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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40 patient evaluations for Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

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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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katdex
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Left Eye : moderate
Right Eye : severe
Sensation : moderate
Overall : severe
Swallowing : moderate
Arms : moderate
Legs : moderate
Bladder/Bowel : severe
Spinal Cord : severe
I am: b
I have:
NMO

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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: 50 mcg M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Constipation is SEVERE!! Make sure precautions are taken when using this drug.

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25yrRA
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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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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