Work as well as other brands?
They do not work. Look up amount of fent. in brand name I believe 17.6 in 100mcg patch but in malin. their is about 11.? generic meds by law only are required to have certain % of active ingredient some put correct amount some out of country or cheap as can be made companies put bare minimum and in my and only my opinion this company makes the mistake of putting less than that in other words they do not work from very personal experiences good luck.
Just cut off in KY Dr's scared to death of dea and I was a 20 year pain patient and now can't leave house their has to be help for pain patients and stiffer penalties for pleasure seekers.
I have been using the Mallinckrodt brand for several years now after my smalltown pharmacy could not get the Mylan brand anymore. I am very petite and liked the Mylan brand because they are much smaller, and the larger Duragesic-type patch was a problem getting it to lay flush on my arm (I'm so thin that it almost wrapped halfway around it and would buckle, stick to itself, etc.)! However, I never noticed a difference when I went to Mallinckrodt (my pharmacist found it's just a bit bigger than the Mylan which is why I switched to it). Of course, the Mylan and Mallinckrodt brands are different than the Duragesic-style. You can't visibly see the liquid in them.
Someone in one of the groups said it's because the fentanyl is in the glue itself in these patches, although I don't know how true that is? May I ask if you change your patches every 72 hours or 48 hours? If you've noticed any withdrawal symptoms on the third day, it's possible you may need to change them every 48 hours instead.
I saw that you wrote your post back on December 2nd, so I hope your problem has been solved by now. But I thought I'd comment on this just in case others may be having similar problems.
Although this is old and hopefully the original poster found what they where looking for I'd like to give my opinion because it could help others.
The Mallinkrodt patches have less MCGs of Fentanyl but they waste less of it than Mylan.
So it give you adequate relief BUT not for 3 days!!! Where as the Mulan patch will last 4 entire days and part of a 5th! I used to change patches when I could tell the patch was going out. Doing this I ended up always have left over patches.
With the Mallinkrodt I am having major problems on the 3rd day. Increased pain , agitation and sometimes other noticable but minor widthdrawal symptoms. I NEVER end up with a spare so if one falls off I am totally screwed. Also if my pharmacy is out I won't even be able to wait a single day.
My Dr dates my prescriptions so that they can't be used early. This means the pharmacy doesn't start trying to fill your script till it's available for use and you hand it to them.
I have on multiple occasions had to wait 1-2 days for my medicine. With the Mylan it's no problem. For the Mallinkrodt it's a nightmare!
Tell your pharmacy NO to the Mallinkrodt and if you must have your Dr write either no substitute or write Mylan brand only.
givmedew, I believe you are in error about the Mylan patch having more total Fentanyl than the Mallinckrodt patch. I have both of the patch envelopes in front of me now. They are both 75 microgram/hour patches. The Mylan patch has a total of 7.65 mg fentanyl. The Mallinckrodt patch has a total of 8.25 mg fentanyl. I don't have the data for the other strength patches, but in this case the Mallinckrodt patch is slightly higher. Both patches are engineered to deliver 75mcg/hr for 72 hours. I have been using Mylan patches for about 14 years. RiteAid was the only pharmacy in our small town that could order Mylan patches. They just changed over to the Mallinckrodt patch and I picked up my first prescription of them yesterday. They can no longer order Mylan. The new patch is slightly larger and slightly thicker than the Mylan patch. I put it on yesterday. So far, so good. It's sticking well. It may be sticking a bit better than the Mylan patch. I can't feel any difference in the dose rate.
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