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Fentanyl Patch

These are skin patches that help relieve pain that lasts for a long period of time and cannot be managed by other medicines. Fentanyl patches are used only on people who have become tolerant or immune to other pain medicines (narcotics) because they may have used these for some time. Among medications, fentanyl is classified under opiate or narcotic analgesics. It acts by altering the response of the nerves and brain to pain.

How should fentanyl patches be used?
Trans-dermal fentanyl is available as a patch that is put on the skin. Usually this patch must be applied every seventy-two hours. Make sure you replace your patch with a new one at the every time at the same time. It is important that you follow all the instructions on the medicine label carefully. If there is anything you do not understand, please don't hesitate to ask your physician or pharmacist. The patches must be applied as directed.

What if I forget my dose?
In situation where you forget to put on or change your patch, apply it when you remember. Keep the new patch for as long as your doctor prescribed and then change it again and replace with a new one. It is recommended not to wear more than one patch at the same time unless specified by your doctor.

What are the side effects?
The patches may result in various side effects of which some are headache, depression, memory problems, weakness, dry mouth, and hallucinations. Sometimes patients can experience serious side effects, for instance chest pain, coughing up blood, and seizures. If you happen to feel any of this call your doctor IMMEDIATELY.

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