The pain patch is for people who have chronic pain and need round the clock pain control. The 25mg is the lowest dose available. Normally, the patch is worn for a period of 48 to 72 hours. Although I was on the higher dose, peak pain control was about 6 to 12 hours after application. Usually additional medication is prescribed for breakthrough pain control. Please be careful not to tear or cut the patch before applying. Accidental overdoses have been reported. Also keep the patches in a safe place. They are highly saught after by addicts. I believe the average overal rating was a 7 out of 10. Some of the more common side effects are nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, etc. Good luck and hope you have success with the pain patch. chris
I was on the Duragesic 25 patch for my chronic pain awhile back. It was more effective than the typical opioids I had been on. I didn't take anything else for breakthrough pain.
Unfortunately it gave me a red itchy rash and they didn't stick well so I had to put waterproof tape around them. They were good for me because. I tended to overuse my pills since they weren't as effective. Also I don't have rd coverage so they got quite costly. Try to stay with the patches, they are the best for chronic pain. Good Luck and God Bless
I have been on the patches for 2 months now following a spinal fusion. I was offered these patches as I wanted to get off Oxyconton.
I have chosen of my own accord since to drop down gradually to get off the patches as well but have experienced terrible wihdrawals and if anyone was to ever ask me I would advise against starting them.
They have many side effects and are highly addictive, I just wished my surgeon had of warned me before I started taking them.
I am that serious about this statement that I fail to see how this drug is allowed to be prescribed... it is dangerous and in my opinion, worse than Oxyconton ever was!
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