There may be a question about this but where is the best place to put fentanyl patch?
- 28 Oct 2010 by kmalby
- pain, fentanyl, breakthrough pain
is it true the best place is where the fat is? i have been putting it on the middle of my back (right where the bone is). i am on 25+25 mcg patch but doesnt seem to be working much. well now i just got a script for 50 mcg and hoping this might work better. eventho, 25+25 is 50 mcg.
so anyhow, i have heard u have to put the patch where there is alot of fat. is that true? will inner thigh work? cuz i tried it on my arm but did not work. it kept on coming off.
another thing, can u take Valium w/the patch?
thnx for reading!
29 Oct 2010
I always put mine on my outer upper arm. I buy a bandage - special order it at my pharmacy - called Hypafix, made by Smith & Nephew. It is 4 inches by 10 yards, and costs about $13/box. Cut it in strips, or to the size of your patch plus an extra inch or so, then cover your patch with it, with extra on the sides to stick it on your arm. This bandage will allow you to shower with it on, go in the pool, etc. without coming off.
I don't know about the Valium, but I took something similar to Valium (it is in the same family of meds) called Klonopin, and used that with my Fentanyl patch. Of course you should consult your doctor regarding using any medication with your patch.
5 Nov 2010
Hey there, no it is not true that you want to put the patch where the "fat" is. The medication in the patches is absorbed through the muscle and it is best to have it on a spot that has as little "fat" as possible. I use my upper arms and have used my upper back but not very close to my spine. Yes you can take Valium while on Fentanyl. There is no interaction, but it can make you tired because they are both CNS deppressants. Valium has muscle relaxation properties so it can help with muscle spasms much better than a muscle relaxer sometimes. There are clear patches that can cover over the Fentanyl patch, I use Tegaderm patches on depending on your ins. coverage they are usually covered if you get a script for them and fill them at a Medical Supply Store. I have found that using rubbing alcohol on the place where I am going to place my patch helps keep it on better and I think makes it deliver better, although it is not recommended by the manufacturer to do this.
Why I don't know. Seems to work much better for me than just cleaning the area with water. When I clean my with the rubbing alcohol I see that is sticks better, and the covering that I put over it sticks very well and doesn't lift like many others will. Good Luck. Hope this was helpful.
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