... patches has their pain managed with just the patches or if everyone has a backup fast acting medication for break through pain? My doctor has attempted to have me on only the patches and it hasn't worked so far... but we are still working to find the correct dose so I am unsure if I will always need something for break through pain... any answers are appreciated! & thanks to everyone who has helped me so far, it is really nice to get feedback from people who know more about fentanyl than I do, which is practically nothing lol
fentanyl patches go up to 150 mgc's this might be strong enough that you wouldn't need anything for break through pain.i'm on 75 mgc's and i get 120 15 mg's of oxy's and still i hurt sometimes at one time i was getting 200 mgc's of fentanyl citrate ,but my doc was out sick and the doc i saw changed all of my meds!i ended up going back to see my doc who put me back on my meds minus the citrate but she said if i needed it this month we would see about it !
God bless & good luck !
You may not need a breakthrough pain medication - it's really an individual thing. Depending on the source of your pain, whether it comes on quickly or builds up slowly, how effective the fentanyl patch is in keeping your pain under control - it really depends on a lot of factors. If you can keep your pain managed without breakthrough meds that would be a good thing - less medications in your body. I was on the fentanyl patch for 12 years - went as high as 125 mcgs and used Actiq or Fentora for breakthrough meds for a time. I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have - just send me a private message and we'll talk!
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