I have read so many post about what to use to help keep the fentanyl patch on and was surprised nobody has heard of Tegaderm. They are a clear patch tht is used to help protect wounds. Its a clear patch and peels off technically like our patches. Essentially a second skin. Try'em! Make sure to try and get the store brand which is $3 cheaper in my neck of the woods (NC). Just go to your local drug store and ask where the tegaderms are. I hv to use two but the sell larger ones which I plan to try and cut in half next go round. Good luck!
Thank you. Back when the patch was a reservoir system the brand name manufacture would mail you Bioclusive - very similar. I get Hypafix - an adhesive bandage made by Smith & Nephew. It comes in a roll 4" x 10 yards and a $11 roll lasts about a year. It stays on in the pool, hot tub, etc. You special order it through a pharmacy. Take care! ElizaJane
Thanks to reading posts like this, I called the 800-number on the insert with my Actavis 25mcg patches. They sent a box of 100 Tegaderm films, (4in X 4 3/4) to me. The Tegaderm overlay is huge (covers my entire shoulder/bicep), but I NEVER worry about the patch rippling, peeling, etc!! Major sense of security now that I can bathe with no worries of losing my patch.
My pharmacist suggested NOT to cut the tegaderm patches in half because then you lose one side of adhesion. I used the 4"x41/3" tegaderm patches and it works perfect for me, no alterations to the tegaderm. The others are too small at 2"x"21/3" to completely cover the patch. Tegaderm covers work wonders and are a miracle. I found a website that you can get 50 tegaderm patches for $34.50 making them about 68 cents per patch cover instead of the $14.99 price at the local drug stores for only 4 patches. That price is for the large tegaderms. SaveRiteMedical.com. they are the 3M brand, not Nexcare, but they are the same thing. Make sure you do the alcohol rub first, let it dry completely and then apply the fentayl patch along with a tegaderm patch over that. You should have no problem in the shower or bath or with it moving during regular activities through out the day.
This is the only product I have found that I do not worry about the patch because I trust the tegaderm completely. The stretchy, tan, medical tape works well also as far as waterproofing as long as you seal all 4 edges with the tape. It's less expensive as well but I find the tegaderm patch covers to be my favorite choice. Also, I just called the fentanyl manufacturer today to see if they would provide tegaderm patches to me for free since I'm a patient. She informed me that they no longer send tegaderm patches to patients anymore. She said all they do now is make suggestions as to how to get the fentanyl patch to stick.
If you call the manufacturer of your patches, use the 800# in the drug insert inside the box, they will mail you monthly and at NO COST special skin like clear sticky patches that are made just for this purpose.
Also when you apply your patch, the first 30 seconds you put them on is what determines how well they will stick over the next 48-72 hours.
They key is to not touch the glue side of the patch as you take them out in preparation to stick them on. Once you place the patch on a clean area of your skin, press the patch hard and evenly with a warm palm (fan your arm with hot air or hold it by your fire place or heater prior to you even placing the patch on our skin- do not burn yourself but get your palm as warm as you can tolerate) put the patch on the skin and press and firmly hold the patch with the warm palm for 20 to 30 seconds. It sticks so well that you can,swim,run,sweat just about the only thing that can get it off is HOT TUB jets and that is only if you get very close to them.
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
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