I am taking 12 & 25 patch & by 2nd day I start getting a rash & itching. My pharmacist thinks I'm allergic to the adhesive used since I am sensitive to all medical tapes except paper tape. My doc won't let me change every 48hrs so by 72 I'm going crazy with itching, oh also taking benedryl orally to help the itching. Doc gave me steroid cream but after a month the original sites are still not back to normal. It is almost as if the skin is scarred. I'm running out of sites to put the patches on. I can't put on upper back because I use heat on this area. I don't see what the big deal is in changing patch 48 vs. 72 sense I thought the patches released the drug amount steadily at an hourly rate. Any thoughts?
7 May 2012
It does sound like you are allergic to most adhesives. You may not be able to wear Fentanyl patches. I dont think that changing them every 48 hours is going to help much. I had this happen to me on Fentanyl. I had trouble getting them to stick and when I did get them to stick they broke me out in rash and blisters. I changed mine every 48 hours. I DO have a scar on my chest from one particularly bad blistered area. I ended up having to change Drs because the Dr refused to change back to pills in spite of the fact I would show him the rash and blistering. Hopefully your Dr isnt so hard headed and will switch over to some kind of pill form pain medicine. It was unfortunate because the pain relief provided by Fentanyl was great!
2 Aug 2012
YUP! I get the same thing... Mine is not too bad though, just a bad itch... I do get redness, but no scarring... However, my doctor does realize that they only work for about 48 hours and prescribed accordingly. I change them every two days. Also, try putting the patch on your BUTT~ It works great and they don't fall off! I've shaved my chest, arms... to no avail... Now I keep them on my rear end. I can now shower with one on.
23 Dec 2013
I do change my patch every 48 hrs. as was recommended by my pain management doctor. It doesn't help. I have red patches all over my chest, have also used steroid cream with little results. It's odd because I have been on these patches for about 6 mos. and they only recently began to cause redness and itching like crazy. I am going to see the doctor again tomorow for a solution, I'm afraid to put them on my back because I need to see the date so I remember to change them, I'm on so many other meds, it's easy to forget.
23 Dec 2013
I just began to get this allergic type reaction about 4 weeks ago after being on the patches for 6 mos.I get redness and extreme itching under the patch. I always use the chest area for ease of viewing and changing, etc. I itched so bad last night, when I woke up this morning the patch was off, I must have scratched it off in my sleep. I'm on 25mg. patch. I definitely have to try some new sites, where else is easy to see and get to?
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
- Fentanyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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