... Fentanyl patch should never be administerd for anyone over 70. Is this true?
Fentanyl in the elderly population is a mark of concern for the simple fact that they have reduced clearing and a prolonged half life. The concern is that the active ingredient could suppress respiratory efforts and risk shallow breathing and risk of death. But if the patients been on the medication for awhile then more likely that wouldn't happen and that's the only reason the dr questioned it
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