some medications can be doubled (as with pills) but wanted to know if these patches work that same way or if i'd need a new Rx for a higher dosage of the medicine if this lowest dosage doesnt help my pain - thanks VERY much,
Hello, SkierAnne, Welcome to the site. The holiday is near, and I hope you are getting ready for it. I tried this patch before the Fentanyl Patch. I hate to tell you this, but it is hard to answer this kind of question. Because, really, the only right, and good answer is to tell you to talk to your doctor, first, before doing anything with these patches. Or anything for that matter. I would never tell you to go ahead and apply another patch, and then you do it, and something goes wrong. You see? It's not my authority to tell you this. Only you're doctor. Please try and contact him/her immediately with your concern and see if they will help you. And patches work differently than pills, as you inquired about too. I hate to be any kind of barer of bad news, I just want you to be safe, careful, and use these as directed by your doctor. May you be blessed and have a wonderful Christmas, and a very Happy New Yr. Peace, Joy, and Love to you. Ruthie
Ruthie has given you the best advice which is to contact your Dr if you're not finding the relief you need. Not only is 5 mg the lowest available dose, but it takes a little time to feel the change in pain at all when starting the patch. If you get there doctor's ok in doubling up your patches, there won't be any nasty confrontations later when you run out of patches early. Not to mention that the insurance co won't pay for a refill if you run out early and these patches are extremely expensive ($300-400) even if you could get the pharmacy to fill them early. Which is against the law since they're a controlled substance. It would be best any way you look at it to involve your prescribing Dr. If he agreed to let you double up and then writes a new script for an increased dose when you run out early, it's all above board, it's completely legal from every standpoint and nobody gets in trouble. A definite win-win for everyone involved. Just my thoughts for you.
When I was on the 5mg patch and had to increase to 10mg my doctor told me to apply 2x5mg patches in different areas. Don't forget which one you put on, on what date and change the location each time.
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