I have had the fentanyl patches that say duragesic which have a gel inside . I recently obtained the fentanyl patchs that say transdermal on them and they dont seem to have a gel inside . Was wondering if thier is a difference between them ?
4 Jul 2013
No difference between the medicine inside. The difference is the manufacturer of the product. From what I have read about this is the gel (duragesic) patches with gel have been on the market for quite a while and unfortunately people have abused that form. Mylan is usually the maker of the transdermal patch which the medicine is contained in the plastic matrix making the medicine less likely for abuse. I prefer the transdermal patch as when I had a duragesic it felt like a piece of cling-wrap and sounded it too when I moved around. Both work equally well at controlling severe pain around the clock and do a nice job of avoiding the pain roller coaster that is associated with taking pills or tablets which tend to wear off over a 4-6 hour time frame and so therefore this medicine allows one to have pain under control steadily over 72 hours max.
17 Apr 2011
Duragesic is the brand name for the fentanyl patch - looks like you got an older version of it. Originally they were made with a reservoir - like you have where the gel is inside. Now they are being made with the transdermal effect - where the medication is combined with the adhesive. As long as the expiration date hasn't passed you are OK - if it has passed, return the product to your pharmacy right away. Both methods worked about the same in my case - the company switched from the reservoir method to the transdermal method because people were able to abuse the medication a lot easier in the first one. Hope this helps you -
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