What is Fentanyl?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Actiq Fentora Ionsys Show all

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See also: Fentanyl implanted pump Fentanyl patch Naropin with Fentanyl Ropivacaine-fentanyl

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 81 40
Fibromyalgia 25 20
Breakthrough pain 18 10
Back pain 3 2
Migraine headaches 3 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
10
Moderate
5
Mild
23
None
21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl

Side effect Patients
Constipation 10
Dizziness 2
Drowsiness 2
Fatigue 2
Problems concentrating 2
Sleepiness 2

Show all 29 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl

Dosage Patients
75 mcg m,w,f 3
25 mcg weekly 2
100 mcg m,w,f 2
0.2 mg every other day 1
75 mcg every 3 weeks 1
50 mcg m,w,f 1
50 mcg every other day 1
75 mcg every other day 1
50 mg daily 1
125 mcg m,w,f 1

See all 15 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl

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Reason Patients
Other 9
Doctor's advice 5
Side effects too severe 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Did not seem to work 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 31 patients who've stopped taking Fentanyl

Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Fentanyl

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 50
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 3
< $25 25
Not specified 22

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl after stopping:

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

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fentanyl and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic-50) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1
Meperidine (Pethidine) (Demerol) 1

Show all 7 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 plantar fasciitis (painful foot))
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for pain in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for migraine headaches)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for back pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for awakening due to pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 75 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 29, 2014 (Started Jan 29, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for surgery)
  • Side effects
    Mild (memory problems, problems concentrating, grogginess, fatigue)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks
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