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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-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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For Chronic Pain: "Condition: DDD L4-L5 S1 & Muscle damage to Left Shoulder. due to gunshot. Previous Meds: MS 30mg x 2 PRN, Percocet 10/325 x 4hrs PRN, & Duragesic 25mcg x 72 hrs. Fentanyl Experience: Excellent around the clock pain management. Side Effects: Light intermittent night sweats. Conclusion: Excellent P/M management."

   
10

Silverbullet52 (taken for less than 1 month) April 9, 2015

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Subsys (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. My Pain Dr. recommended this when I became Opioid Tolerant. This drug works fantastic and fast for pain. Please be aware though within 6 months my Dr. had to increase dosage several times for same affect, and higher doses caused "narcolepsy attacks" and severe panic/anxiety attacks. I ultimately decided the pain control was not worth the side affects. Getting off of it was a nightmare, withdrawal from hell, ended up needing assistance to get off of Subsys. For a terminal patient I would recommend this medicine, for someone trying to function a normal life please think twice and tread carefully."

   
8.0

dedeluvsbill (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 26, 2015

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "After L3,4,5s1 fusions,have been on 75 fentanyl every 72 hours,I would prefer every 48 but insurance gives a hard time.this drug let's me live a normal life, I use Norco for break through am so happy I have this fentanyl weaned off one time.lasted two weeks my pain Management doctor put me back on,immediate relief!!!"

   
10

mare milks March 23, 2015

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Subsys (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: "Works in just a few minutes. I like the spray in place of the Fentanyl sub-lingual tabs. I like Sub-Sys made by INSYS Pharm. I know I have been on these type med's for 20 yrs."

   
10

King O' Pain (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 15, 2015

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Duragesic-12 (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Although the 12mcg/hour patch did help with my pain it did not offer the relief I thought it might for 72 hours which is the life of a single patch. I still had pain, just not as severe. Then I broke out in a rash on chest, arms, thighs and back. Along with the rash a rise in blood pressure which had previously been well within acceptable range for my age of 62. I was placed on a blood pressure medication but have not seen a satisfactory drop in numbers. After finding information that 1 person in 10 will experience either very high blood pressure or very low blood pressure and given my history of hypersensitivity to drugs, I am thinking that I have no other alternative than to get off the fentanyl patch."

   
4.0

Bev. (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 13, 2015

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For Chronic Pain: "I'd been on long acting morphine and MSIR but the pain was like a roller coaster. After sustaining a serious fracture, the orthopedic surgeon had me evaluated by a pain clinic. The doctor there did a thorough assessment and gave me my life back when she prescribed Fentanyl. Since the Fentanyl I've had not one trip to the ER for a flare... in 8 years! I've never needed an increase, either."

   
10

cybersleuth58 (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 6, 2015

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For Dercum's Disease: "I started using fentanyl for Dercums disease over 4 years ago. I started on 25 mcg. and worked great until my body demanded more or became used to the medicine. I went to the 50 than to the 100 mcg every 48 hours. I felt normal again from the pain of this horrendous disease to a point! No one really understand how extremely painful this disease is! I just had a pain pump installed in October just because its much safer for long term use, and I will say what a difference if it wasn't for this medicine I'll be as honest as possible I would have taken my own life! It's that bad, I just wish more doctors would research this and understand, not make people think its all in their head. which they do!"

   
10

TTTrama (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 19, 2015

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I've had back problems for about 5 years now. I'm scheduled to undergo my 3rd surgery in a month. I've taken every pain medication on the market. My last concoction was 60mg OxiContin twice a day and 30 mg Roxicodone 6 times a day as needed for breakthrough pain. I also took 10mg Valium every night. About 2 months ago, my neurosurgeon recommended the Fentanyl patch. I was a little sceptical but I trust my doctor so I agreed. My initial dose was one 50 mcg/hr patch every 72 hours. I experienced some relief but still needed my breakthrough medication at least twice a day. After 2 weeks, my dose was increased to one 75 mcg/hr patch every 48-72 hours depending on my pain. I now have my life back and rarely need my breakthrough medication."

   
8.0

Gunman (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 11, 2015

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "My husband has been on the 25mcg Fentanyl patch for almost 5 yrs and it has been a life saver for him. The main problem for him is the constipation, which if he drinks his Smooth Move senna tea daily, it relieves the constipation. Also, for people who say the patch comes off, first use skin prep wipes by Smith & Nephew, apply patch and then apply a Tegaderm Film cover over the patch. If you use products like this your patch won't come off and it's waterproof too. Even when you get the 'sweats' the patch will stay on. Most of these products you can get at medical supply stores or ebay."

   
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Rebbee (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 25, 2015

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I broke my neck 2years ago 3 neck surgery's. 4th coming. This patch has been the only medicine that relieves pain. United Health will not cover it after December 31 2014."

   
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billkparrot December 14, 2014

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Duragesic-75 (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "In 7 yrs of going through every painkiller known to man my pain management doc finally found a combination that works very well for me and gave back some of my life. My combination is Fentanyl 25 and Norco 10/325 for breakthrough pain. I have practically no side effects and does very well at managing my pain 24/7. I can function up to 4 hrs before the pain levels start to rise and have to stop. My issues are severe lower back pain from degenerative and bulging disks L 3-6. Both hips broken and severe osteoarthritis, same for right knee. My right Achilles tendon was torn up by a dog resulting in every infection including MRSA and Cellulitis. Multiple surgery's and 18 months to close. Now very painful and always a burning pain. This combination knocks out 90%."

   
10

Decoy Lab. (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 4, 2014

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Actiq (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: "Mostly good but my pain would be worse at night when trying to sleep. I would take a dose and due to the 20 minute time to dissolve properly, I sometimes fell asleep with it still in my mouth which over time has done massive damage to my teeth nearby the cheeks in every quadrant of the mouth. The dental work required is in the ten thousand dollar range which I can't hope to afford. As a mid aged man who is divorced, this causes problems with the ladies and I don't blame them."

   
9.0

Jack11186 October 23, 2014

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Subsys (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: "Works for the flares better than the rest of the medicines I've tried."

   
10

Deeeeeeerrrttttttttttto0 October 15, 2014

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Having chronic pain in my whole spine they gave me the Fentanyl patch they started low dosage then they moved me up to 75mg. At this time in my life I was also had hot flashes. I seen no warnings nothing about that. Long story short after the second day I started withdrawing and that people is not a pretty site. I had no idea what was going on. So I never went back on it. There should be a warning to all doctors and pharmacies. I had to pull it off the internet to show my pharmacy."

   
4.0

tsstorm October 9, 2014

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For Anesthesia: "The patches wore out usually in 24 hours or less. I would go into withdrawal symptoms prior to the next patch. I had very bad thoughts, pain, shakes and severe breathing problems which seemed to be a side effect. Not a good experience, I am trying to go cold turkey to get off it. I felt way better on 3-4 Vicodin than 75 mg release fentanyl."

IRONMAN55 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 29, 2014

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I was on 25mcg/72 hours (then every 48 hours) for RSD/CRPS along with Norco for breakthrough pain. This medicine worked great for about the first month or two then stopped. For some reason my body stopped processing it properly and it quit helping me at all. And the side effects were awful (namely weight gain and HORRIBLE sweating!) Also, getting the patches to stay on, even with the overlays (sent free from Mylan- the brand my pharmacy stocked- just call Mylan to get them) was difficult, especially with all the sweating. Happy to be getting off this. Hoping to find something else that will work without the side effects of Fentanyl."

   
3.0

SnowWhyte (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 19, 2014

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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."

   
9.0

Dave 52 September 4, 2014

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