What is Fentanyl patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 248 134
Fibromyalgia 172 87
Back pain 26 14
Pain in lower back 13 12
Multiple sclerosis 6 5

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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
Severe 46
Moderate 86
Mild 111
None 81

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl patch

Side effect Patients
Constipation 39
Nausea 15
Adhesive reaction 14
Dry mouth 12
Loss of energy 11
Chronic constipation 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl patch

Dosage Patients
0.025 mg every 3 days 8
25 mcg every other day 5
75 mcg m,w,f 4
0.025 mg every other day 3
0.075 mg every 3 days 3
0.075 mg every other day 3
0.05 mg every 3 days 2
0.025 mg daily 2
25 mcg m,w,f 2
12 mcg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 60
Other 56
Did not seem to work 37
Doctor's advice 32
Expense 16
Personal research 14
Change in health plan coverage 12
Course of treatment ended 10
See all 172 patients who've stopped taking Fentanyl patch

Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Fentanyl patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 38
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 287
Usually 26
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 55
A little hard to take 93
Not at all hard to take 158
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 15
$100-199 7
$50-99 13
$25-49 28
< $25 161
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl patch after stopping:

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

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Patients stopped taking Fentanyl patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 5
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 3
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 3
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 3
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2

Show all 17 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: 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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