What is Fentanyl?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Actiq Fentora Sublimaze

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See also: Fentanyl implanted pump Fentanyl Transdermal 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 67 28
Fibromyalgia 23 17
Breakthrough pain 18 9
Migraine headaches 3 2
Back pain 2 2
Chronic pain 2 1

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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 8
Moderate 4
Mild 18
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Fentanyl

Side effect Patients
Constipation 4
Drowsiness 2
Blood in vomit 1
Dental Cavities 1
Dizziness 1
Dizziness and feeling faint 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Fentanyl

Dosage Patients
25 mcg weekly 2
75 mcg m,w,f 2
50 mcg daily 2
0.2 mg m,w,f 1
2.4 mg three times daily 1
25 mcg m,w,f 1
25 mcg daily 1
200 mcg weekly 1
100 mcg m,w,f 1
75 mcg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Fentanyl

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Reason Patients
Other 9
Side effects too severe 5
Did not seem to work 4
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 2
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 27 patients who’ve stopped taking Fentanyl

Duration

Currently taking Fentanyl

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Fentanyl

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 40
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 4
$25-49 2
< $25 21
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Fentanyl after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin) 3
Morphine (Morphine ER) 2
Morphine patch 2
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 2
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Fentanyl and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fentanyl Transdermal Patch (Duragesic) 1
Meperidine (Pethidine) (Demerol) 1
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 1
Oxycodone ER (Oxycontin) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Fentanyl

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tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See tigger13039's full Fentanyl history

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

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Ladywolf319
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Ladywolf319
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: CRPS II 29 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Severe
I am: vb
I have:
CRPS II

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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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pheonix61
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pheonix61
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 65
Condition: COPD 43 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
COPD

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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

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