My dad is currently uses "Fentanyl pain patch" along with some other things.
He is concerned about the medication not working properly.
He cut the pain patch after the he was supposed to take it off, then squeezed it and a decent amount of the medication came out of the patch. So he just applied it to his skin. He's done that a few times, and hasn't come close to an overdose. (He has been on pain meds for as long as I can remember)
Here's what I know about the patch.
-Its made of various layers.
The back layer, then the medication, the membrane that's supposed to let the medication slowly seep into you skin and the adhesive that makes the pain patch stick to your skin.
He wipes down the area he puts the patch on with a wash cloth and hot water. (He doesn't use any soap, oils ext on said area.) Then dries it off with a towel to insure that area is clean.
The membrane of the pain patch's seems like its the same protective plastic that is on the back of the patch. And as I said when he's supposed to remove the patch and put a new one on he always noticed medication still in the patch. That's what led to him cutting off and edge to see if there was medication in there and there was still quite a bit. He even cut all the edges except one off of a used patch to see if he could tell a difference in the plastic material that press's against your skin and the back of the patch. Neither him nor I could see a difference.
So how exactly does the pain medication get from point A (the pain patch) to point B (his skin) for his body to absorb it?
Is it possible that the patch's membrane is defective?
Has anyone else encountered this, and found there was something specific that lead to this problem?
Any help with this will be greatly appreciated.