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User Reviews for Fentanyl

Also known as: Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, Duragesic-100, Duragesic-12, Duragesic-25, Duragesic-50, Duragesic-75, Fentanyl Transdermal System, Fentora, Ionsys, Lazanda, Onsolis, Sublimaze, Subsys

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Duragesic-50 (fentanyl) for Pain: "I have been all the way up to 150-200 mg with 30 mg breakthru. I really had a life then but wasn't really "there". I couldn't find any doctor in my area to presribe fentenyl so all I got was 15mg oxycodone and that's it. I have a 30 degree curve in back, left hip damage, Crohn's disease and now colon cancer. I'm back on them but only at 50 mg every 72 hours. It's a joke. The DEA here is cruel to people that truly need it. Tolerance included, I don't absorb oral meds but do receive very few 15's for break thru. I am waiting for a pain pump once my colon is removed but can I make it? I'm angry, depressed and want to just sleep without screaming."

   
6.0

bloxham (taken for 10 years or more) January 19, 2016

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Subsys (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I live with chronic pain from many different health issues. I have 3 types of migraines, liver disease, Crohn's disease, gastroparesis, IBD, IBS, gerd, ulcerative colitis, pseudotumo cerebri too many things to list. However I stay in pain. I have been on every drug known to man and this is a fast acting medication that helps the pain and you don't feel like your on cloud 90. My insurance has been great and now they don't want to cover it but want to pay for a drug that cost more then this medication that will do nothing but make me in more pain because we get to play the guess game till we find the dose that will work if we do find one and then pay for more er trips. Not happy. Subsy gave me my hubby and kids back somewhat again."

   
6.0

Kittykat2153 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 16, 2016

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Fentora (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Fentora gave me my life back! But it is very hard to get it covered. They do, however, offer a coupon program for those who can't. Our cost out of pocket was going to be just about $5,000 per month. Insane! Thankfully my pharmacist told me about the coupon program. This brought our co-pay to $5 per month! I have been on Fentora for years now. Probably 5-7 years. I've been through 3 insurance companies. I've always gotten my Fentora, after long battles. The only negatives to Fentora are: 1) if your mouth is too wet it will dissolve almost instantly and it won't give you the same help so I try to dry my mouth out first. 2) if you put them in the same spot you will get sores 3) hard to cut in half; they disintegrate Otherwise, miracle med"

   
8.0

Tvanhook (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 4, 2016

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For Pain: "My husband has Stage IV Tongue Cancer. He was put on fentanyl patches starting at 25 mcg & was raised to 150 mcg q 72 hrs. What determines 48 hours or 72 hours the ins.? How do they know what relieves a persons pain especially one with cancer! It has been terrible watching him in such pain because the ins. won't cover the patches when necessary with the Drs. approval due to increase until pain relieving amount was reached! Any ideas what I can do??"

   
9.0

helpless caretaker (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 6, 2015

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For Pain: "My husbands ins. keeps changing the quantity allowed a month, he also takes 4 mg dilaudid for breakthrough pain. Now they are rejecting a prescription that is for the same exact amount except that instead of 10- 100 mcg patches & 5-50 mcg patches(i don't know why they won't give him 10- 50's like the Dr. prescribes) she wrote it for 20-75mcg 2 q 3 days. The reject message says maxium daily dose of 0.36 isn't this the same as 1-100mcg & 1-50mcg q 3 days?"

   
9.0

helpless caretaker (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 6, 2015

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Actiq (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Used after surgery because allergic to morphine. Very good results."

   
8.0

Mama wing (taken for less than 1 month) November 23, 2015

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For Postoperative Pain: "I got this drug post surgery twice and it had little to effect on my pain. Unfortunately I had forgotten to mention before the second surgery that it failed to work the first time around. Both times I awoke from surgery in tears and severe pain. Only after convincing them I was awake enough for them to take out the tube in my throat, aka using all my strength and energy to hit the side of the bed and staring straight into the eyes of anyone who came near me, was I able to request a different medication for my pain. Immediately upon switching my pain decreased. May be unique to me as I've also heard very good things from others."

   
1.0

:) (taken for less than 1 month) November 6, 2015

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "It saved my life! I can not, despite trying, take oral long acting narcotics. The biggest issue is the perception and doctors reaction, including pain management professionals to this medication. Yes, you develop dependence. Addiction is different. It is when you abuse your medication and continue to do so despite negative problems coming from that. The two words are NOT interchangeable. I am on 112 mcg/hour and change every 48 hours rather than the normal 72 hour dosing. It has allowed me to do the things I need to do in my life. I was virtually bedridden before going on Duragesic. It cover my pain for the most part, unless I am doing things physically that make the pain flare into a breakthrough. I take Morphine 30mg for BT pain."

   
10

Sasha M. (taken for 10 years or more) October 27, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "Hi, Using fentanyl for spinal stenosis and colon cancer. I really can say enough how well it works. I have no side effects. Fentanyl gave my life back to me, I lived on couch for 5 years. Its just enough to make pain bearable without getting high. 50 mcg/hr. There is one thing I want to pass on. I cant speak for any other state. I have random urine tests and have no problem with the tests. But I come to find out I am on VT narcotic users data base. Who cares right? Wrong when looking into this data base I am listed with all the druggies. Their is not a separate list for prescription users. As far as this list goes being mixed with drug abusers is just wrong. An nothing can be done to change this data base."

   
9.0

Me in VT (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 15, 2015

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Duragesic-100 (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I had a bad injury to my neck and back due to a head on collision with a double decker bus for years I was in severe pain I was on gabapentin-morphine then along came fentanyl patches I started on 25 over 72 hours then 50, then 125 over 48 hours I could not believe the difference just a dull ache I could put up with the hot and cold flushes and slow running heart"

   
10

young finn 67 (taken for 10 years or more) September 26, 2015

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Abstral (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: "I was enrolled in a clinical trial for abstral 7 months ago. This worked well for me so my pain doc started giving it to me. Now my doc is being told I am not allowed to use it because I don't have a diagnosis of cancer. I have lupus, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis which are quite debilitating most of the time. If I am not having a lupus flare up, I'm having a fibromyalgia flare up or a RA flare up, so I never know when I'm going to have a hard day or a good day. I don't wish for cancer but I do wish the pharmaceutical companies would realize that cancer patients area to the only ones in chronic breakthrough pain. Abstral works well and works in five to eight minutes. "

Puddles614 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 25, 2015

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Was on vicodin for years and was taking 8 a day. Doctors recommended Fentanyl. I got immediately relief. I have to apply 1 every 72 hrs. 100mcg. For me it works but doesn't last 72 hrs. Should be able to overlap. My breakthrough med is morphine codone. Wish I could find a breakthrough med that works for me. Chronic pain for 15-20 yrs."

   
8.0

Eugene58 September 14, 2015

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Subsys (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I am really pleased with the pain relief I get from Subsys (400mcg 3xday). The only bad experience I've had was a surprise withdrawal episode. I take the Subsys like clockwork and seldom am late with a dose. The only explanation I could come up with for the surprise withdrawal was a new habit I started of eating a piece of chocolate candy immediately after spraying a dose of the Subsys under my tongue. Apparently, the medication was not being absorbed in my system. I have sinced stopped that practice and hopefully won't have any more 'surprise' withdrawal episodes."

   
10

RSD-Left upper extremeity (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 25, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "I'm a 37 year old male 6'8" about 250 lbs, I worked in corrections for about 12 years. I've had 3 back surgeries in 18 months and have been on Lortabs, Percocet to Roxycodone and it helped to some extent. I now have to have another surgery for 9 ruptured discs along with epidural fibrosis and granulation of the S-1 nerve root. My family doctor recently put me on the Fentanyl 50 patch and it's the best thing I have ever had. I can actually walk and sleep. I used to spend up to 70% of my day in bed due to the pain, now I can function to somewhat of my old self. Nothing will completely take away the pain, but man, these patches are awesome! No need for pills anymore. Don't let the fear of becoming addicted to these keep you from enjoying life."

   
10

Deputy326 (taken for less than 1 month) August 21, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "My doctor prescribed me Fentanyl patches for my severe, ongoing testicular and pelvic pain (50 mcg) and the patch did absolutely nothing. I waited 72 hours for it to reach its full effect and still nothing. I went through the entire box of patches (while using as directed) and experienced no pain relief to speak of. I even applied two patches at once one time and didn't notice much. You also have to be very careful all the time to make sure the patch doesn't fall off, especially while showering. Switched back to MS Contin."

   
1.0

PatientGuy (taken for less than 1 month) August 21, 2015

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Pain: "It relax my pain"

kemone (taken for less than 1 month) August 3, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "I was on fentanyl for 9 1/2 years and four months ago I decided I wanted off . Initially it did wonders since I had been forced to work with a work injury. After about eight years I started feeling withdrawal symptoms before my three days was up on each patch. I wanted to cut my time down due to the withdrawal not pain. When I decided to wean off it was one of the worse times of my life but now that I only have a few more days of withdrawal after getting down to no patch it is one of the best times of my life. The first step down I started sleeping better. The next I had more energy. And now I even have less pain than when I was on the patch. If you can make it with other pain management please do it. Withdrawal is not fun!!"

   
7.0

joparobinson (taken for 5 to 10 years) August 2, 2015

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Duragesic-100 (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "They have been good and bad for myself, mostly good, I was in a accident the messed up my back and surgery hasn't been an option at this point. I started out probably like everyone taking in way to many vicoden to percocet to oxytocin it got to be a fistful of pills everyday. Made me feel like a junkie. I can honestly say I would probably be dead if weren't for the patches. I change them every 48 hours and I've been on the same dose for about 8 years. My biggest worry/complaint is that I'm physically dependant on them and Vivid dreaming it's kinda freaky and being sleepy sometimes but the pain is tolerable. I'm on the PAP program (patient assistiance program) for low income so doesn't cost anything. They are very expensive"

   
9.0

Bossplayer211 (taken for 10 years or more) June 25, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "I use to take 180 10/325 norco for my chronic pain issues, I am bone on bone in my neck, left shoulder and left knee, I had a very serious operation in 2010 on my back, all kinds of hardware put in etc, I been going to pain management for 2 yrs and my Dr would not up my meds or give me anything else, finally my Dr wasn't there one day so I seen a nurse practioner , I was telling her my story, so she gave me 12 mcg fentenyl patch with 3 norco 10/325 a day for break thru pain, I tell you this med has been a life saver for me, I sleep better at night, my pain isn't 100% gone but it has been drastically reduced , Iam so happy !"

   
10

Dede M June 23, 2015

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Subsys (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I have extreme to severe chronic pain, level 8 to 9 due to multiple disc issues and a 2nd knee that needs replacing. Having been on MS Contin for years I built up such a tolerance that it did nothing for the pain so I stopped taking it. Last fall my pain specialist had me try Subsys. Good news, it was the 1st time in years I actually had some relief from the chronic pain. Bad news, good old Hussain Obama Care changed some of the insurance company rules beginning 1Jan2015 meaning unless I had a cancer diagnosis they would deny coverage as “off label”. After three months of relief followed by six months with zero relief life is almost unbearable as I am unable to function day to day."

   
9.0

MammaMeesh (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 23, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "I just started this brand of Fentanyl today and had a hard time getting the plastic backings off. One side was easy and the other I had left on it as I applied it thinking it would also come off easily, but it tries to pull off the patch itself. I'm guessing the best way to fix this is to just pull the whole thing off and try to reapply the patch, hoping it doesn't rip apart."

   
7.0

BellieAche47367 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 10, 2015

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Sublimaze (fentanyl) for Anesthesia: "Not once but twice woke up during 2 separate procedures for colonoscopies, with doctors trying to force air out. Drug is way too mild."

   
1.0

yapp June 3, 2015

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Duragesic-100 (fentanyl) for Pain: "powerful narcotic good pain relief"

   
10

Edlove (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 17, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "Four major decompression surgeries in last 15years just 28 when started now 44. Have 4 lumbar dics that have degenerated severely risk my nerves/spinal cord being compressed. Surgeries an attempt to give the nerve root room to reduce pressure, irritation and severe chronic pain. I have been though nearly every pain medication available going to stronger ones as the pain had increased (Tylex, tramadol, diazepam, amitriptylene, gabapentin, pregabilin, OxyContinetc). Fentaynal not offered due to cost. It's changed my life. Pain under control, no more pills to carry a few challenges getting them to stick and high dose 250microgrms per hr due to tolerance if you take OxyContin or Tramadol look at patches - real life changer happy for questions"

   
10

SukiSandhu (taken for 10 years or more) May 11, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "As very effective this drug is I beg people not to take! The withdraws from this drug will kill you! I am fighting every month to be on time with these patches ! I am dropping to 25mcg tomorrow and it has been such an unspeakable fight ! This will take your life away ! Please seal alternative pain relief! This drug should be for hospice only and special cases!"

   
10

Jasrek73 May 4, 2015

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