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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Review by Dave 52:

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9.0

Subsys (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: My PCP doc had increased the amount of Oxycontin I take from 2 to 3 a day when they changed the formula in order to get the same amount of relief. The down side was he said I was maxed out on my pain meds now and took away my meds for break through pain. He suggested seeing a pain management doctor after a car accident that was making break through pain unbearable. The pain doc started me on a P-STIM and wanted me to try the Subsys. With such severe pain I agreed to it. I will never look back at my decision to try it as it has been a life saver for me and will take my pain from a 10 to a 2 very quickly. The only set back I can see is you have to wait a 1/2 hour before you can do another spray.

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September 4, 2014 12:30 PM

Review by Finnster48 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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7.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have had 5 back surgeries in four years with the last one being a double fusion at L-4 to S-1. This last surgery failed again, and they are now considering another one to fuse my lumber spine all together. I have been on Fentanyl patch along with Percocet for three plus years. I take 150 mcg every 48 hours along with ten Percocet a day and still in pain. I just wish I could find something that relieves the pain to at least allow me somewhat of a better life. Right now I am basically house bound and depressed and sometimes very angry.

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August 20, 2014 11:43 PM

Review by missxc36 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

For Dercum's Disease: I've been diagnosed with Dercum's Disease last year in July 2013. I've tried too many medications to count. I live in Alberta, Canada. I don't know what the medical regulations are in the U.S. are or if they differ from state to state. Here, as far as pain allowances go before they decide to prescribe opiates of any kind, they leave it up to the prescribing doctor. I went from Lyrica to gabapentin to mexilitine to hydromorphone and now the fentanyl patch (100 mcg) every 3 days. Does it work for me? I would say yes, to a degree. I'm on all those meds mentioned above minus the Lyrica. My pain levels on average daily are at an intolerable 8 on a scale between one and ten. It's bearable, whereas before it was excruciating.

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August 15, 2014 3:50 AM

Review by Lasardo (taken for 5 to 10 years):

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7.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have Crohn's Disease, 30 degree scoliosis, 14 reconstructive surgeries on my pelvis. Among many other issues. I was mainly put on it because a Crohn's patient does not absorb oral meds very well. The Mylan brand is the only one that works (change 48 hrs) but I sweat profusely! The doctor will not switch me. It does work for pain, yes, but getting them to stick while constantly sweating is another story.

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August 3, 2014 8:28 PM

Review by serafino:

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10

For Chronic Pain: I shattered my L1 in 1997 they put me on Oxycontin 40, 150 a month but I was always running out then the doctor put me on methadone as well but I was on the nod all the time and sleeping, then I went to a pain management doctor for pro logog injections and he took me off the meds I was on and put me on the 100 patch but it was not enough so he put me on 200 ml every 48 hrs. If it wasn't for the doctor and the fentanyl my mother of 78 would still be outside shoveling the driveway in the winter. I have a life now because of the patch.

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July 30, 2014 3:16 PM

Review by lookn to be normal (taken for 10 years or more):

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7.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I've been using it for 10 years and I'm heading to Stanford University for detoxification, wish me luck.

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July 10, 2014 6:45 PM

Review by Gatorboggs:

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10

For Chronic Pain: I was in a bad motorcycle wreck June 20 2013, broke 6 ribs, shattered clavicle, fractured pelvic, and lots of crush injures, they tried Percocet alone would not stop the pain many months of suffering with no sleep, till they give me the Fentanyl 100 mcg patches. I was finally able to get relief and sleep. This is a great medication and life saving for me the crush injures alone was a living hell and no sleep for months on top that is enough to drive anyone insane, this medications is safe if taken right and has keep me for losing my mind and has giving me a better quality of life, it just a shame I had to suffer all those months without it.

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July 9, 2014 7:22 PM

Review by lipomatosis (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Chronic Pain: Three back surgeries and degenerative disc disorder, Pain 24/7.

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June 20, 2014 6:49 PM

Review by Yohav (taken for less than 1 month):

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3.0

Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I've had the 75 mcg/hr patch on for 1 week with the pain level still the same as before using. I hope I'll be able to go to the 100mcg with better pain relief than the 75. Thank you!

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June 19, 2014 11:45 AM

Review by GBS- (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Chronic Pain: I have a Pars defect and spondylolisthesis at L5-S1 and also a rare variant of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (a rare autoimmune form of peripheral neuropathy). I had been taking 120mg/day of MS-Contin & 60mg/day of oxycodone (along with gabapentin and muscle relaxer). Switching to the patch (75mcg changed every 48hrs) has made a big difference - I actually have mornings where I wake up not in awful pain! I've been able to be more mobile, more independent, and have even been able to lower my daily oxycodone intake to 50mg. It was kind of tricky at first to find the best places to put the patch. Also, I learned Mylan (maker of the generic patch I use) will send covers so you don't have to buy the Tegederm ones; just contact them through their website.

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May 27, 2014 1:13 AM

Review by mari jane:

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8.0

Duragesic-100 (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: Very helpful, but feel antst at times.

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May 25, 2014 10:01 AM

Review by Anonymous:

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9.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have severe low back pain, spinal stenosis, and a bulging disc. I was on my feet a lot because of my job which caused my pain to become worse. I was taking Norco alone which I couldn't take while working, plus the pills would not last long. Many times I was in tears. Finally my doctor put me on Fentanyl 25, then increased to 37, then finally increasing to 50. It was a God send because the pain decreased tremendously. I have the sweats and chills at times but that's a small price to pay for the relief I have received. At first I had severe itching, but my doctor have me to use Cortizone. I put it on and put the patch on about 30 minutes later, and no more itching. I am now retired and my patch was decreased to 25.

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May 23, 2014 11:33 PM

Review by Texas 3 (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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8.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have epilepsy and first ruptured a disc during a seizure about 4 years ago. I was on Norco, I think, until my Neuro saw how bad the imaging looked and put me on 50 mcg of fentanyl/72 hrs. Totally took care of my pain until I had surgery. About a year ago the pain came back worse than ever and after a bunch of tests I was referred to a PM doc. He started me on Vicodin until he could do an injection, but it barely touched my pain. Switched me to Oxycodone 10 mg/6 hrs. I was still hurting BAD and had a patch still, which I used. He put me on fentanyl. I needed a fusion, which I had 3 months ago. Pain still bad, on fentanyl 75/48 hrs and oxy. Tried Opana, didn't like it. Worst is sweats and weight gain, plus keeping patch on. Still, let's me live.

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May 15, 2014 2:56 AM

Review by Wolfman74 (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Chronic Pain: My first full day on the patch (12mcg), about 15 hours after starting it, I started throwing up and threw up quite a bit all day long. I have been paralyzed before with a spinal cord infection, I am able to walk now, but massive chronic pain and nerve damage from the surgery. I can tell already that my pain level has gone down, I have not had to take as many Lortabs today than normal. I am looking to stop taking as many pills as I have so many other health issues that I have to take pills for. Interaction with other medicines increases the side effects.

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May 3, 2014 6:37 PM

Review by Almost free (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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9.0

Subsys (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: I was prescribed Subsys after being on the fentanyl patch for 6 months, 100 every 48 hours and as my cancer progressed and treatments happened, which caused more pain, I needed something for breakthrough pain really bad, I would be put down to my knees from the pain and just lay in my bed moaning like a child but Subsys works within minutes, eases the pain where I can feel it just literally fade away. I'd be in a wheelchair without it, or bedridden.

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April 12, 2014 11:38 PM

Review by KrazyKentucky (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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9.0

For Chronic Pain: I've been on fentanyl for 4 yrs now, have had 3 lower L5 S1 back surgeries W/Hardware, have been diagnosed with RSD, RLS, osteoarthritis, fibromylgia, also have right ankle fusion with surgery on it. Fentanyl is the only medicine. I have taken or been prescribed in the last 22yrs that has worked. I'm receiving the 75mcg X 48hrs and roxicodone 15mg 5 times a day for any breakthrough pain as needed.

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April 9, 2014 3:19 PM

Review by adrian mark (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I've had a spinal fusion on L3 L4 almost two years ago. I'm now on the wait for a disography because of my severe back pain which is getting worse over time I've been on fentanyl 100mcg for almost 4 years, the patches are having very little effect and am waiting to see my doctor to increase the dose. It has helped me reading about what other people are going through and that I'm not on my own with symptoms like profuse sweating and a dry mouth. I have no quality of life at the minute and hope by increasing my dosage I will be able to move around a bit more. I'm 44 years old, also has anybody else suffered with frequent bruising on the scar area of the operation. I'm topping my fentanyl up with tramadol.

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April 7, 2014 5:29 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

Subsys (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have severe fibromyalgia amongst other things, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I was expecting this to relieve all of my pain I had very high hopes. Then again everyone is different.

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April 3, 2014 12:57 AM

Review by STEVE MAGYAR (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have three damaged disc's in my lower back. Doctors wanted to remove. I refused and started out on 120 Lortabs per month. That was increased by the additional 120 tabs of 15 mg oxycodone per month. My life was consumed by pain so bad I could could hardly get out of bed or walk. 6 months later I was prescribed an additional 60 30 mg of Morphine. Needless to say I am no longer in any pain, I was nodding out everywhere. I took morphine for a year. Detox wasn't fun and it's worst if you are a weak junkie. I took oxycodone for another year. My doctor suggest Fentanyl. It changed my life.

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March 14, 2014 1:04 AM

Review by tam36et:

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10

For Pain: Just wonderful for my pain couldn't ask for anything better

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March 13, 2014 7:48 PM

Review by caliGman:

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9.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: I have been using fentanyl on and off for about 4 years. I had spinal fusion done on L2-L5 also out of the 8 screws in my back the doctors left one of the screws with the sharp point on it so it jabs into my back muscle. I have tried every pain medicine on the market and have to say fentanyl works the best. I no longer wake up from pain. It is in my opinion the best pain medication available on the market. I used to have to get it off the streets because no doctor believed I was in pain (I am in my 30's) now I finally found a doctor who prescribes it to me, God bless him for it. I'm using 50mcg every 48 hrs. I still get a little pain after any activity that stresses my back so might ask to try 75mcg but I am glad I have these patches.

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March 10, 2014 3:59 AM

Review by Bloodhoundz (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: Have been using Fentanyl for over 3 years now, and wonder what kind of shape I would be in if I hadn't been offered this medicine. It is definitely working for me and I am so glad I was a candidate for it.

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March 8, 2014 10:49 PM

Review by Joeseph Schmoe:

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8.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: Been using the fentanyl patch for about 6 yrs. now using 2 100mcg patches every 48 hrs. Using 72 hrs, the pain would come back with withdrawal symptoms. The major problem was getting it to stay on, but covering it with a TegaDerm took care of most of that issue. It works for pain better than oral medicines and you don't have to go through the trouble of swallowing pills all the time, just apply and forget it for a couple of days. I would recommend this as a good alternative to pills.

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March 5, 2014 3:03 PM

Review by SuzLeik (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: This medicine was covered for me by Worker's Compensation when I was taking it, but they decided that they would not pay for it any longer. This decision was made and introduced statewide and Doctors were instructed to prescribe something else for their patients. It has been a TERRIBLE decision because pills are not nearly as effective as the patches, and sadly I am not financially capable of paying for the patches myself. I would love to have the patches back, they are an excellent product.

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February 12, 2014 3:34 PM

Review by butch1972:

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9.0

For Pain: I started taking fentanyl after trying every other opiates available and finally found relief. I'm on the 25mcg patch. I'm in the 36 hour right now on the first pass and so far it's perfect and surprisingly has my pain on a 9 out of 10 taken care of with breakthrough medicines. I felt the patch when I finally slept in for once this morning without having to wake up to the pill schedule.

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January 23, 2014 7:12 PM

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