I started the fentenil patch 17 hours ago and I can not tell whether it is working, if it isnot going to work I am in big trouble if you know what I mean, how long does it take for the patch to work, I am at 17 hours and I have never used it before?
15 Jun 2012
I was also on Fentynyl patches, and I started on 25 which literally did nothing. so 3 days later they raised it to 50 mg, which started to work about 12 hours after. They say that it takes 8 - 12 hours to get into your system, but for me, they simply did not work that well to help with my pain, and they kept falling off my chest, I had to tape it on, Pain in the ass. I know it was way too low of a mg for someone like me who is severely hurt, in constant chronic Pain, so when they asked if I wanted it upped, i refused, and they put me on OxyContin.
What MG are you on, and do you take another pain killer for Breakthru Pain? If not, you should ask them, It doesn't hurt to ask. I don't know what is wrong with you, so I can't really go into anymore details. But I find that by taking an Immediate release Pain killer like Percocet, or Roxicet, with my regular meds, seems to boost both of them and it works so much better.
Good luck Vote up if I helped.
16 Jun 2012
I would like to add another pain patch to consider, Butran, which came out about a year ago and has opiates. Especially to NEW YORK GUY, it sticks like nothing else. It will not come off as my estrogen patch often softens up and doesn't stick well.
It also takes effect gradually. It has kept me out of the ER for severe migraines, plus I am able to move around physically more since raising the patch from 5 mcg to 10 mcg. Absolutely no side effects.
Just to let anyone know who may be helped by it. It's a winner with me.
16 Jun 2012
I have been on 100 mcg changing every 3 days for 8 months now. I see where you stated that you think you are starting to feel the effects. That is a good thing. It felt like it was a slow go for me in the beginning because the pm doc I had at the time didn't want to increase the 25 mcg for at least 3 weeks. I thought I was going to lose my mind with the pain and only 30 percocets for breakthrough pain. After much haggling with this doctor about his lack of care or concern for me... I went back my previous doctor following an implant I received for nerve pain (it's complicated) and he put me on 75 mcg every 3 days for 2 weeks with 15 mg of oxycodone for breakthrough pain. Then upped the Fentanyl patch to 100 mcg where I am at least comfortable an can function. Somewhere in there I had a hip replacement that I am still recovering from but the pain management part is still the same. These really do work quite well so I hope you get the same type of relief...
when you get to the right dose.
Be well and have a great weekend. Try not to stress too much as that tends to exacerbate pain.
17 Jun 2012
It takes time for them to work, then it's really nice. Sometimes I use Lidocaine patches to give my system a switch and keep my body from needing higher doses. Hope that it goes well for you. If you have trouble with the patches coming off, you can buy a roll of adhesive tape and use it like scotch or duct tape. Also make sure that your hands and body isn't greasy-as that causes them to stop sticking.
One time my son was trying to get his patches to stick after eating Popeye's chicken-He's a disabled vet with a tans unit that uses patches.
7 Mar 2013
Ive been on fenatynl for a long time now, im not quite sure how long it takes to get into your system but once its there, to me at least you feel normal and not slave to a pill schedule. Things that help though is making tiny scratches on the site where the patch will be, or for instance i take a dose that rquires two patches to make the dose i need. I dont feel the 72 hr thing is true so ill take my dose but ill do it in halves, one day ill put on one patch then the next day ill put on the second, trust me it makes the transition easier. Trust me. Theres not a doc in the world that would say thats how it should be done. But it works!
17 Oct 2013
Hey man. Listen.. I've read a few of these comments and there just funny.. first off fentenyal don't come in mg.. its mcg.. seconed. I read a few comments down this page that he scratches his skin before application... good way to OD... NEVR PUT A PATCH ON aggrivated skin. And never shave the area that the patch is applied...
Wen u get ur boxes take the papperwork out and look up the pharmacutical company's numbr. Call them and tell them u need them to send u a box of tegaderm overlays.. u no wen u get an IV and they put a big clear bandaid on. That's tegaderm.. its free of charge and sent discretely by fed_x.. I. Use the clear patch filled w gel. That's the activas brand.. if u use the mylan brand the number u need will be in the thin phamphlet.. don't ever tape on ur patch w anything other than wat the manufacturer provides for free... if u r a person that has allergies to the adheisive of the tegaderm u can go to any riteaid pharmacy or even walmart and buy a deoderant called certain-dry. Its a 72hr long strength. Put it on the patch cite 12hrs prior to application of the patch and that should help keep it on.. remember.. more deaths occor to people on this drug than any other drug out there. Please be responsible... good luck to all... god bless a healthy life...
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