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The New Mylan Fentanyl Patch
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    Default The New Mylan Fentanyl Patch

    Hi, I'm new to this site, this is the first time I've been to this site. I want to know peoples opinions of the new generic "Mylan" fentanyl patch and on the amount of medication I'm on.
    The patch I'm used to getting is the 75mcg Sandoz patch, and its prescribed use for me is to put a new patch on every 2 days. I use this patch because of a growth in my spinal cord by my neck plus multiple bulging discs is my lower back. This causes horrible sharp pain starting from the back of my skull down to the middle of my back, and it goes across and down both shoulders all the way to my elbows and somehow its caused my right elbow to go numb. The discs are causing a dull-ish constant pain that feels like a 300 pound man is standing on my lower back. I am also given 120 percocets (of the lowest dose), in case the patch does not cover all the pain, which it doesn't do all the times. I want people to know that the patch is amazing. Before the I discovered the patch there were times that I was in so much pain that it would bring me to tears. It also caused me to have to miss lots of days at work, and then lose a couple jobs because of the pain and restrictions and obviously altering my life very negatively. I was 21 when diagnosed and now I am 23. The fact that I was so young and could not even go out with my friends and do something as simple as bowling was horrible. My pain limited me to mainly sitting on the sidelines (figuretivly and literally at points).
    This patch has changed my life. I can do so many things that I used to do before all the pain started. I'm also 10 times happier since finding the Fentanyl patch, I started using it about 6 months after I found out the diagnosis, before that I went through a half dozen meds, without any constant help.
    I just need to know what this new generic patch will do. I know what it looks like, but will it act differently? less potent? More potent? Does it stick better or worse? Give me any information you have, please, it will help me greatly. Also I want to know if other people are prescribed these meds the way I. Does anyone have the patch prescribed for 2 days at a time only? Does anyone recieve percocets or any other pain reducing pills along with the patch?

    Please, any information I can get would help me greatly.

    Thank you.


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    quote:Originally posted by Milhouse688

    Hi, I'm new to this site, this is the first time I've been to this site. I want to know peoples opinions of the new generic "Mylan" fentanyl patch and on the amount of medication I'm on.
    The patch I'm used to getting is the 75mcg Sandoz patch, and its prescribed use for me is to put a new patch on every 2 days. I use this patch because of a growth in my spinal cord by my neck plus multiple bulging discs is my lower back. This causes horrible sharp pain starting from the back of my skull down to the middle of my back, and it goes across and down both shoulders all the way to my elbows and somehow its caused my right elbow to go numb. The discs are causing a dull-ish constant pain that feels like a 300 pound man is standing on my lower back. I am also given 120 percocets (of the lowest dose), in case the patch does not cover all the pain, which it doesn't do all the times. I want people to know that the patch is amazing. Before the I discovered the patch there were times that I was in so much pain that it would bring me to tears. It also caused me to have to miss lots of days at work, and then lose a couple jobs because of the pain and restrictions and obviously altering my life very negatively. I was 21 when diagnosed and now I am 23. The fact that I was so young and could not even go out with my friends and do something as simple as bowling was horrible. My pain limited me to mainly sitting on the sidelines (figuretivly and literally at points).
    This patch has changed my life. I can do so many things that I used to do before all the pain started. I'm also 10 times happier since finding the Fentanyl patch, I started using it about 6 months after I found out the diagnosis, before that I went through a half dozen meds, without any constant help.
    I just need to know what this new generic patch will do. I know what it looks like, but will it act differently? less potent? More potent? Does it stick better or worse? Give me any information you have, please, it will help me greatly. Also I want to know if other people are prescribed these meds the way I. Does anyone have the patch prescribed for 2 days at a time only? Does anyone recieve percocets or any other pain reducing pills along with the patch?

    Please, any information I can get would help me greatly.

    Thank you.


    hi,thats great that the patches work good for you. i didnt have much luck with them. they made me so tirerd, dizzy, and just drugged up.im taking percocets for pain, might not work as good, but can function better.as far as the mylan patches go, they really do stick alot better than the gel type [sandoz].my dad wears a patch every 2 days and takes percocet for breakthru pain. basicly whatever works to manage your pain.

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    My wife uses the patches and the Mylan brand simply does not work for her. She just went through two days of excruciating pain because of them, but is fine now with Sandoz gel patches at the same strength (75). For breakthrough pain beyond this, she uses Vicodin.

    I've also heard on another forum that the Mylan patches, while physically more convenient, simply do not work for some other people.

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    Default Re: Mylan Fentanyl Patch (and other generic versions)

    My story
    I have a very severe case of fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndrom. After years of NSAIDs and other medications, at one point as many as 15 medications and drugged into a zombie state, I found my way to a great pain management doctor who understood that sometimes a single, heavier bat just might be better if you're swinging blindly with 15 smaller ones. This was before lyrica. For the first time in years, I had pain relief, and was down to only 3 medications. I could actually THINK! Hold conversations. GET OUT OF BED!!!!

    I started on 50mcg, changed every 72 hours. But because I have little body fat, and have a tendancy to run fevers, we had to adjust that to first every 60 hours, then to every 48 hours. I now have the freedom to change it between 60-48, as it depends on if I'm running a lot of fevers and how many showers I take, etc. I'm not sure what body fat has to do with it, but my pharamsist made mention of a study that indicated those with little body fat tended to require changes sooner with the fentanyl patch. 4 years later, we did have to raise it to 75mcg. But I take no breakthrough medications, other then lyrica, which isn't really for breakthrough, but for the type of pain that fentanyl was never designed to treat. Compared to short acting opiods where the pain would return too soon before the next scheduled dose, with fentanyl, I've never felt the need or urge to take more medication then prescribed. In fact, during my good weeks, I can often push the scheduled change time for up to 8 hours later, depending.


    Fentanyl Brand Comparison's: My Experience
    I have tried several brands of fentanyl transdermal, including Duragesic, Sandoz, Watson Labs, and Mylan. What I've found is that despite claims to the contrary, in this case there are differences between them, in the types of plastic, adhesive, carrier for the medication and cell-whatever backing. What's important to understand is that those differences are highly specialized and subjective to the patient.

    Personally, I prefer MYLAN brand over all the others, including brand name -- while several of the pharmacist's I've used over the years tell me very few of their patients care for it.

    Personally, I prefer the MYLAN brand because the 75mcg patch is HALF THE SIZE as the other brand's patches. It is also made of a softer plastic - this means it tends to bend with my movement better (so it doesn't get ripped off the first time I bend over) and most importantly, it does not cut into my skin.

    Because of muscle movement or my long hair getting caught, I'm very limited to where I can place the patches anyway. When I've been forced to switch back to one of the other generic brands, my skin ends up callused, sore, and cut up from the edges. My stomach becomes inflamed and red from the edges cutting into the skin. Not to mention I am also more prone to yeast infections on the skin because of the constant damp status of the skin under the patches. With the Mylan brand, I have 4 places on my stomach that can take turns, and only 2 with the other brands.

    I found the Mylan brand adhesive sticks better on my skin then the others, rarely needing tape. But I also have several friends who found this not to be true, which makes me suspect it is subjective to your individual chemical make up, skin type, and what you secreate in your sweat.

    And I rarely have to get out the adhesive remover (read: goop off); soap and water works just fine.

    And finally, as far as pain, I personally found mylan to release the medication more evenly. Perhaps because unlike all the other brands, it is not filled with that clear gel as a carrier for the fentanyl? Not sure. It doesn't seem as affective by a hot shower or fever as the others. And just seemed to cover the pain in a more consistant fashion. But again, I've heard others say the opposite.

    As for a difference between the other generics compared to brand, I did notice that some stick better then others, and some didn't seem to transfer the medication as well. I'm also not thrilled with Watson Lab's little tab on their patch, as it's just another thing to cut and irritate the skin, and to get caught on something and pull the patch off.

    I did not notice any of the other more common side effects, like chronic constipation, dry mouth, etc, any worse or better with any of the brands.

    I actually have to get my pharmasist to order my Mylan patches, because he only has 3 of us who prefer them while all his other customers like the others.

    So I guess in the end, my advice to anyone who is on fentanyl patches: you may need to try several of the generics before you find the one that works best for YOU. Ignore the pharmacists or doctors who insist they are all the same. How can that be true of the carrier system (no gel) for the Mylan brand, for example, is completely different then the other generics? And it's plastic is different? And I'm certain the adhesives are different for all the brands. It makes a difference. It's just what difference will it make for YOU, personally.
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    Millhouse,
    Of course this reply is a few years late, but it might be helpful for someone else who might come across this. I have been on the Fentanyl patch for about a year now and it has been life changing. I injured my back and required 3 fusion surgeries. Unfortunetly the injury destroyed my life. It cost me a career and a marriage (I guess getting hurt wasn't in my ex-wifes plans). I am in constant pain and walk with a cane now. Prior to the patch I was swallowing vicodin like it was candy. With the patch I am pretty much pain free. On occasion I will have some break thru pain and for that I take a 800mg Ibprophin.
    Anyways, I have been on two brands of this patch, Watson and Mylan. I can tell you with out a doubt that the Mylan patch is superior in everyway to the Watson brand. I have noticed no difference in pain relief as both work great. The biggest difference is size and adhesion. The Watson brand patch (these are for both the 50 and 75mg patches) is HUGE, about 3"x1". The size makes it very uncomfortable and it doesn't seem to stay attached very well, usually starting to come off well before the 72 hour life. The Mylan brand on the other hand is an example of how to do things right. The patch is about 3/4" square and I have never had any problem with it trying to come of prior to the 72 hour time frame.
    I also had considerable itching with the Watson brand. Occasionally when I refill the prescription the only patch they have in stock is the Watson. The pharmacist can tell by my expression how un-happy I am at having to use the Watson. I have spoken to her and she has promised to keep in stock the Mylan for me. She said that she has heard this from most of her Fentanyl patients.
    So the bottom line, if you are new to the patch, ask you doctor to specify Mylan on the perscription. You will thank me!

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    Hi all. I've been using the 50 mcg mylan patch for about a month now, and it seems to work really well. They just make me a little tired at about 24 hrs. I still go through 45 of the strongest hydrocodone a week. 10/325. I go through 2 patches a week. I have a lot of problems with my neck. Anyway, my pain specialist specified the Mylan type because there have been a lot of deaths as the result of the gel-containing brands. They really work very well for me. Good luck everybody!

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    Default My experience with generc fentanyl patches(mylan, Watson, and sandoz)

    In response to the questions, I have to agree that if you can, see if you can try the efferent brands and see what works for you. I started on 25, then went to 50, but still had to use breakthru meds(oxycodone). When I switched to the 75 patch I no longer needed to use medicine for breakthru pain. It wasn't till age 30 I found a pain M.D. that has been a god send, prior, dealing with my chronic pain(I split my knee cap in half in 2001) and wish j found the pactch back then. Before it was a horrible rollercoaster of OC 20 to 30 to 40 to 60 to 80 twice a day, and then even that didn't help, it got to the point where I wanted to give up. I just tried the Mylan patch for the first time, this s my 3rd patch today, I went from hating to liking them. I got horrible pains similiar to WD's the first day I tried the mylan, now I prefer them, as my body s adjusing, I am now able to go 72 hours between patches, my gf likes that they don't feel like their there, so I do think it's body chemistry. Best of luck!
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    i've been on the 75 mcg Mylan Fentanyl patch every 48 hours and it is working fairly well. Some days, the pain is unbearable and most other times it works pretty well and I don't have to use my break thru meds (Norco and Carisoprodol) like I previously did...but some times I am using them up (the daily allowance for my schedule) like previously I did before going on the patch. I don't think I could make it w/o the patch. Been on the patch for 5 or 6 months now and it really has been a God send. Going in for surgery in a few months for neck and lower back issues. Hope this helps

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    All I can say is life changing. I have dealt with my back pain for years. Disk Degeneration and Bulging Disks. I did everything. Steroid Epiderals, every pill form narcotic made, muscle relaxer and narco cocktails (2 Somas / 2 Lortabs) every 4 hours for years. I relocated about a year ago and my Doctor introduced me to Fentanyl Patches. At first I thought they were another heat/aspirin type patch that I just didnt have the time for. I was in so much pain I had to rotate standing one hour and sitting one hour, but being in an Executive role in my church... for one? I couldnt let anyone know I was on a drug stronger than Morphine and 2? I needed relief to work. I agree... it is a GOD SEND... BUT??? The itching. It is now 3:30am and I am typing this because I can not sleep due to the itching. It usually only happens when I put a new patch on but even as my wife says... thats minor compared to my pain relief. When I first put the patch on.. the very first time... I was sick for a day. I vomited non stop... so I recommend you ask your Doctor for a script of Phenergan and take one an hour before each patch change. Eventually you won't need them. If your like me, you may have never been on a Series II Opiate based med before. It is definitely an adjustment... but it is WELL worth it. I still have Lortab 10's for breakthrough when I am on my feet more than I need to be like Sundays and Midweek Services at the church, but I can't say it enough... it has made life bearable with a problem I still can do nothing about... at least not til after Physical Therapy is attempted (at least thats what I am being told)

    Finally!! TRUST ME!! DO NOT remove them before prescribed. Your Doctor due to the FDA WILL NOT refill your prescription until it runs out and you will be without. The problem? Your withdrawals are worse than your pain. It was hell. Lesson learned and shared. I LOVE the Mylan patches. The dose is quicker and stronger and more evenly distributed. HOWEVER... I have learned it tapers off alot quicker the last day... but it still out weighs the gel patch by far.

    Good Luck and God Bless

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    I much prefer these patches to any other I have been using them on and off for about ten years. The flat patches work as well as the others I think, but you may need to use a covering to keep them on. I have had to do this with all the patch types. Use the tegaderm cover and they will stay on as long as you need them to. Most people use the patches every three days, but for some reason your doctor wants every two. I know that can be to try to make sure that stay at a high level in your system, but my guess is that they would work as well three days as two, but if not ask to go up to a 100 mcg every three days as apposed to the 75 every two. It will likely save you money in the long run since they are so expensive. Yes I do take breakthrough meds like you do. I take 15mg oxycodone with no added Tylenol. hope this helps.

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    .. much prefer these patches to any other I have been using them on and off for about ten years. The flat patches work as well as the others I think, but you may need to use a covering to keep them on. I have had to do this with all the patch types. Use the tegaderm cover and they will stay on as long as you need them to.

    Those coverings are quite expensive. Do you know if they are covered generally by the "D" policies? I think I will have to call mine and check it out.

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    Hi, I did try the Mylan but they didn't work too well for me.Then I went on the Duragesic brand of the fentanyl patches and was on those for over 7 years. My dosage ended up being 200 mcg but they also had me taking MSContin 100mgs 3 times a day. For breakthrough pain I was given MSIR (instant release morphine) 30mgs to take up to 3 times a day. The Duragesic brand work wonders for me. I don't know how many people know this, if you call Jessen Pharmacuticals...there number is on the Duragesic box, they will send you bioclusive covers for free or they were the last time I got them. The covers helped so much to keep the patches on. I hope this might have help you a bit. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milhouse688 View Post
    Hi, I'm new to this site, this is the first time I've been to this site. I want to know peoples opinions of the new generic "Mylan" fentanyl patch and on the amount of medication I'm on.
    The patch I'm used to getting is the 75mcg Sandoz patch, and its prescribed use for me is to put a new patch on every 2 days. I use this patch because of a growth in my spinal cord by my neck plus multiple bulging discs is my lower back. This causes horrible sharp pain starting from the back of my skull down to the middle of my back, and it goes across and down both shoulders all the way to my elbows and somehow its caused my right elbow to go numb. The discs are causing a dull-ish constant pain that feels like a 300 pound man is standing on my lower back. I am also given 120 percocets (of the lowest dose), in case the patch does not cover all the pain, which it doesn't do all the times. I want people to know that the patch is amazing. Before the I discovered the patch there were times that I was in so much pain that it would bring me to tears. It also caused me to have to miss lots of days at work, and then lose a couple jobs because of the pain and restrictions and obviously altering my life very negatively. I was 21 when diagnosed and now I am 23. The fact that I was so young and could not even go out with my friends and do something as simple as bowling was horrible. My pain limited me to mainly sitting on the sidelines (figuretivly and literally at points).
    This patch has changed my life. I can do so many things that I used to do before all the pain started. I'm also 10 times happier since finding the Fentanyl patch, I started using it about 6 months after I found out the diagnosis, before that I went through a half dozen meds, without any constant help.
    I just need to know what this new generic patch will do. I know what it looks like, but will it act differently? less potent? More potent? Does it stick better or worse? Give me any information you have, please, it will help me greatly. Also I want to know if other people are prescribed these meds the way I. Does anyone have the patch prescribed for 2 days at a time only? Does anyone recieve percocets or any other pain reducing pills along with the patch?

    Please, any information I can get would help me greatly.

    Thank you.
    I am on the Mylan 100 every other day. (48 hours) I used to be on the ones with the goo in the middle but that was years ago. All I can say is, it almost seems like I am waking up with pseudo withdrawal by the 2nd day (24 hours). I always feel hot so wondering if my body temp is literally sucking the life out of that patch in 24 hours. This is with no hot showers or anything. As far as sticking goes, I scrub with cotton balls and alcohol, hard. If it starts coming off I just use medical tape. The down side is I cant take as many showers as I would normally. I'm going to have to talk to my doctor in 30 days, either he will need to give me something for break through or I am not sure what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milhouse688 View Post
    Hi, I'm new to this site, this is the first time I've been to this site. I want to know peoples opinions of the new generic "Mylan" fentanyl patch and on the amount of medication I'm on.
    The patch I'm used to getting is the 75mcg Sandoz patch, and its prescribed use for me is to put a new patch on every 2 days. I use this patch because of a growth in my spinal cord by my neck plus multiple bulging discs is my lower back. This causes horrible sharp pain starting from the back of my skull down to the middle of my back, and it goes across and down both shoulders all the way to my elbows and somehow its caused my right elbow to go numb. The discs are causing a dull-ish constant pain that feels like a 300 pound man is standing on my lower back. I am also given 120 percocets (of the lowest dose), in case the patch does not cover all the pain, which it doesn't do all the times. I want people to know that the patch is amazing. Before the I discovered the patch there were times that I was in so much pain that it would bring me to tears. It also caused me to have to miss lots of days at work, and then lose a couple jobs because of the pain and restrictions and obviously altering my life very negatively. I was 21 when diagnosed and now I am 23. The fact that I was so young and could not even go out with my friends and do something as simple as bowling was horrible. My pain limited me to mainly sitting on the sidelines (figuretivly and literally at points).
    This patch has changed my life. I can do so many things that I used to do before all the pain started. I'm also 10 times happier since finding the Fentanyl patch, I started using it about 6 months after I found out the diagnosis, before that I went through a half dozen meds, without any constant help.
    I just need to know what this new generic patch will do. I know what it looks like, but will it act differently? less potent? More potent? Does it stick better or worse? Give me any information you have, please, it will help me greatly. Also I want to know if other people are prescribed these meds the way I. Does anyone have the patch prescribed for 2 days at a time only? Does anyone recieve percocets or any other pain reducing pills along with the patch?

    Please, any information I can get would help me greatly.

    Thank you.
    Hello there,
    I am cuurently on the Mylan brand and at 50mcg every 48 hours. I was at first using them evey 72 hours but my body has built up a tolerance to this medication which requires me to change them every 48 hours. The problem i am having though is on the 2nd day i am in a lot of pain when i wake up in the morning. Right now I have been calling around to all the pharmacys in my city to find out which brand they carry cause im thinking about switching to a new one. I just dont know which brand is better. The other problem is i dont take anything for break through pain and my dr wont perscribe anything to me. she currently has me on Skelaxen for muscle relaxation and Klonipin for my sever anxiety that i have due to being in pain every day and going into withdrawl every 2 days. The skelaxen doesnt do anything for me what so ever and I think i need to up my dose of Klonipin to 2mg 3 times a day instead on 1mg 3 times a day. I just had major suregery done a few months ago and now im still having the same issue. My dr told me i will be in pain for the rest of my life due to having a compressed spinal cord and Cysts on my spine. I did have most of them removed but the surgeon couldnt get to the rest of them cause they are too close to some major nerves back there. I guess now i have to see a pain management dr for medication and my question to you or anyone on here is what is the best thing for break through pain. I do not want to go up to 75mcg on the patch im trying to stay at 50mcg as long as i can. One of my family members is on MS contin 30mg ER and MS contin 30mg IR... she has given me a few of the ER's and IR's and i like the Instant Release alot better cause it takes away that morning pain we all wake up with every morning within 2-5 mins. what are anyones out take on my issue?
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    I Have 4 Hurinated discs in my back...2 lower ,1 middle,1 @ base of neck.. Dump Truck Driver for 23 years. I tried everything out there.. My doctor put me on the patchees 4 months ago. 25 mg.. what a difference. my life is a bit better. on Oxy's for 3 years. 15 mg - 3 times a day for break through pain. My brother had the sugery for his back & regrets getting it done.Rods & pins in lower back. wishes he never got it done,10 times more pain now that before. the mylan patches are better. Gel ones just take to long to asorb into my skin.stay away from them. I was taking 9 different pills a day & being a zombi all day & night.I stopped everything. except oxys & patches. I lost so much from getting my back screwed up @ 34.. I'm now 45.. Musician , auto painter, auto mechanic.I need to take a oxy as soon as I wake up to move around all day.. I'd say your on the right amount. hope you have a great pain management doctor... any questions mail me,,joemel6@verizon.net or get me on facebook- joseph melnick.. best of luck ..!!!

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    I am 35 and have degenerate bulging discs in my lower back and i am prescribed a 75 & a 100 mcg changing every 48hours and also given 180- 30mg oxycodone to take one every 4-6 hours as needed for breakthrough pain. I was in pain 24/7 unable to do anything untill i was prescribed the medication listed above and now i can do just about everything i could do before my back problem. Well just wanted to let you know others are in the same shoes you are in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazfta View Post
    I am 35 and have degenerate bulging discs in my lower back and i am prescribed a 75 & a 100 mcg changing every 48hours and also given 180- 30mg oxycodone to take one every 4-6 hours as needed for breakthrough pain. I was in pain 24/7 unable to do anything untill i was prescribed the medication listed above and now i can do just about everything i could do before my back problem. Well just wanted to let you know others are in the same shoes you are in.
    Well, it's now February 2014, a long way from when this thread first started. But, I request only Mylan from my pharmacist. The others I tried were either filled with that gel that didn't last well or they didn't stay adhered well. I use 75mcg and it's prescribed every 72 hours. But I swear, they rarely last that long!! I cannot get my doc or the pharmacist to understand that concept for some reason. My doc only gives me Tylenol 3 for breakthru pain, too. So, I find myself still suffering about 1/3 of the time.

    The only good thing is that I did convince my doc to prescribe me 3 boxes (15 patches) per month instead of only 10, since my insurance covers that much. But, if I try to get any other pharmacy besides my regular one to fill that script, they give me a hard time because the doc still insists on writing script to replace patch every 72 hours. Even after I show them the insert where it clearly states to replace the patch if it falls off, or how heat and other factors affect the potency or how long it lasts....still they insist there's no difference. Denial?? I wish they could walk in my shoes and feel my pain.

    I am soon moving to ARIZONA, and am horrified to think how difficult it will be to keep my medications. Does anyone know if AZ is so bad that I won't even be able to find a doctor to prescribe the same meds that I've been taking for a few years now? Will they treat me like I'm some kind of criminal or something?
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    I live in Arizona, and have had no problem having my doctors write my scripts so that I may change them every 48 hours. The only problem that I have had is that some pharmacies do not always carry the strengths that I require even if I ask them ahead of time to always have them available on a certain date. I would suggest getting to know your pharmacist so that they can work with you. I have never had a doctor or any medical facility here in Arizona think that I was some kind of criminal or drug addict due to my usage of the fentanyl patches. Good luck!
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    New commentator here. I won't get into why I need narcotics as others have done but please know what I take is prescribed by my PCP and Pain Management docs in Texas.

    It was intention to lower my monthly intake of Vicodin by utilizing these patches. My docs agreed. This is everything I take (not just narcotics, just in case someone sees something that I don't):

    FENTANYL 25MCG @ 1 EVERY 72 HOURS
    *** breakthrough*** VICODIN 10-325 @ 2 EVERY 6 HOURS (240/MONTH)
    CYCLOBENZAPR 10MG @ 1 EVERY 3 HOURS
    LISINOPRIL 20MG 1 DAILY
    BUPROPION 150MG @ 1 EVERY 12 HOURS
    NEXIUM 40MG @ 1 DAILY
    D-3-50 50,000MG @ 1 WEEKLY
    FENOFIBRATE 145MG @ 1 DAILY
    TRAZODONE 100MG @ 1 AT BED TIME

    Constants:

    • Once I put one on I don’t take it off in the 72 hrs
    • I’m 41 y/o m, 6ft and weigh 198
    • I do not take long showers or use hot water to the point steam is created
    • I did not swim while wearing my patches
    • I sleep in a t-shirt, not a “wife beater”
    • I do/did not exercise or make any repetitive body movements
    • I use a 6 x 6 inch square area for my patches starting just above nipples, I never deviate
    • I do not have chest hair
    • I don’t do activities which make me sweat (while in the 72 hr period)
    • Though I’m clearly addicted to the opioids, I don’t abuse any of my meds

    Background:

    I’ve taken Vicodin on an irregular basis since 2006 and daily since April(ish) of 2010. I've been on 10/325 Vicodin @ 2 every 6 hours since July of 2013. My last fill on Fentanyl patches was on September 20, 2014. This is the 4th time I have filled this product. As noted above, I use the 25 mcg @ every 72 hours patches.

    The first and second month I picked up the patches I had no issues. They were the Mallinckrodt adhesive patches. As apprehensive as I was (knowing how dangerous they are) they worked like a charm. It was like night and day.

    The third month I was given the Watson patches with the pouch. No issues really this month but I did notice by the time the 72 hours was up it had started coming off my skin.

    I picked up my 4th month 8 days ago. I put the first one on at 5:00 pm. By 6:00 am the next morning it had come off and was inside my t-shirt. I only had black electrical tape in the house so I taped it back on my chest, which only held it for a few more hours. Much more tape and 2 days later I put my second patch on and within 16 hours it was coming off also. When I write coming off I mean it was attached to my skin by a 10 mm strip of the patch. I took it off and put it on the outside of my arm with lots of tape. I ended up having to completely encircle my arm, and the patch, with the tape to get everything to stick. This is after making my own sort of bandage for the patch to fit into (also made of tape).

    The next day I went to CVS to speak with the PharmD about the issue. Long story short she said; Tough titty and there was nothing she could do, next time call ahead and tell them I want the Mylan patches (she showed me what that box looked like) and buy some waterproof adhesive tape (which I did for $5). I asked her a discount…she laughed. I emailed Watson and CVS later that night to express my feelings about that interaction.

    Third patch I used from the 2nd of the 2 boxes in my prescription. It stayed on for 3 hours before coming off. Put it on my chest with so much tape (black and white) it looks like I have a gunshot wound under all that mess.

    Like I said before, it was my goal to ramp down my pill intake buy using these patches to supplement the difference, which worked for the first 3 months. Thing is I know I’m not getting a steady delivery now because my hands are ice cold and I am wearing 3 pair of socks. I've held out as long as I could but just popped 3 - 10/325 Vicodin to stop withdrawal and pain.

    All of us know how much BS is associated with taking these kinds of drugs (except for Lakegirl.... sounds like paradise in AZ). I think I’ll be going back to Mallinckrodt.

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    Hi there, I know how hard it can be to keep the patches on. I wore the Duragesic 200 mcgs for approximally 6 years. I had tried everything to keep the patches on but the only thing I found that worked the Bioclusive covers. To get those for free all I had to do was call Jassen, the makers of the Duragesic patch, and give them certain information. They would then send me the covers at no cost. I don't think I could have continued to used them if it hadn't been for those. This is an idea, look for a 1-800 phone number on the box that the patches come in. Call that number and tell them the problem you're having and see if they have a program like that and if not see if they have any suggestions of what you should do. If they won't help, they do carry the Bioclusive covers at medical supply stores but I think they're expensive. Even using the covers they always seem to stay best on my arms so I alternated between them. I hope this might help you some. Good luck!

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