... really cant get it to stay on any ideas cant ask my dr my questions and opinions dont seem to matter to him and thats scares me because i cant ask him anything i am 43 and have myotonic md am wheel chair bound for the last 7 years have only had one other dr since then but was a clinic so changed dr this one looks and acts like im a druggy i know what works for my body i wanted to stay on the norco i have taken for years i waS ONLY ON 6 A DAY along with a 7.5 at nite and 4 50 mg tramodol for break thru i wanted to cut out the tram and the 7.5 cause it was to much wanted 2 more 10 norco a day making total of 8 and he acted like i was asking for 1000 mgs of oxicontin not sure why so he gave me fentynol 50 patch and wow it works but i feel high and cant get it to stay on HELP
You can use medical tape but if you do, you are supposed to put it on "window frame" fashion-just along the edges. This works ok if you have the "pouch" kind but if you have the kind of patch that the medication is embedded in the adhesive, it doesnt work as well and for those you need to get the overlays. You may be familiar with Tegaderm or Bioclusive dressings? You can get them at the pharmacy. They are a little pricey but they work best. When I was on the brand name Duragesic patches there used to be an 800 number you could call and they would send you free overlays. I'm not sure if the generics companies do this or not but you might try and see. Alas, for me, even with the overlays, I had trouble keeping them on and had to change Drs and go back to pills.
The Dr I had, in spite of the fact that I kept showing him that I couldnt keep them on more than a day, no matter what I tried, wouldnt change me back to pills so I finally had to leave him and go to another pain clinic. It actually turned out for the best but thats another story! Good Luck! I hope the overlays will work for you. Fentanyl is good medicine when you can keep them on!
So sorry you are having trouble. I use $4-$5 Nexcare flexible clear tape that stretches and breathes and it works great. I usually get it at CVS, but you could probably get it at any drug store and it's cheap and works. I only tape the patch just around the edges like Dzoo said. I hope this helps. I felt dizzy on them at first too and it went away. I hope it does as well for you too. Good Luck and best wishes, Ruth
Hi, I'll answer your question first but then please read my experience with fentanyl. Your doctor should never have started you out of a 50 patch. He should have started with a 25 and worked you up to it. About it not sticking, I had the same trouble and tried tape after tape and either it still wouldn't stick or I'd have a reaction. Then I found a tape that works great. You can get it through amazon.com because it's hard to find in the drugstore.
It's made by BSN medical. It's call Cover-Roll stretch. It comes in different sizes depending on the size of your patch. I get the 4 inch wide roll and it's ref. number is 45553.
By the way, the physical size of the fentanyl patch varies with different manufacturers. I've found that Mylan produces the smallest size patches, and they seem to stick a lot better than even the non-generic patch.
Having said all of that, if you have any other choice, please don't continue this patch! It affects your heart, your respiratory system, your seritonin levels, your testosterone and estrogen levels and the list goes on.
I have dealt with chronic pain for the past 20 years and have been on and off just about everything you can imagine. I have to admit that the fentanyl patch has worked to some point to help control my pain, and I have been on it for several years. In the begining it seems great because you don't have to worry about stomach problems from taking pills, but later you begin to realize the mistake you made with the patch, but then it's too late.
The problem with being on the patch is that the side effects are the worst of anything I have ever been on. Fentanyl has basically stopped me in my tracks from functioning.
Before the patch I was someone that, despite being on high doses of numerous meds, had an active social life. Now I am basically a shut in. I have pulled away from everything and everyone and sometimes go weeks without leaving my home. The drug represses and dulls your ability to function. I have no motivation, no energy, no emotion, no life.
I have gone through detox in the past for vicodin, oxycontin, flexeril, etc, but to detox from fentanyl is far worse and feels almost impossible. I was on the 75 mcg and stepped down to the 50, in an effort to eventually get off the patch. It took a couple of months before I leveled out and it was miserable and it was way worse than anything before.
I still have not made the step down to the 25 mcg because I don't feel strong enough to do it, even though I want off of it desperately. When I started the patch no one told me the side effects or how very difficult it would be to get off of it.
I hope this answers your questions, please do research and find out for yourself exactly what a life commitment it can be.
i had the same problem when i first started on the patch !i figured out that if i placed them on my shoulders and held them firmly down for thirty seconds they stay in place!!! i too tried tape and all this did was break me out as i'm allergic to adhesives !and yes some times the patches break me out ,then i just move them to a different part of my shoulder and let where it was clear up!i don't know if you have noticed that when you remove your patch the area is really wet this is the meds on your skin.the best way to remove it and the sticky that may be there is with a clean warm wash cloth !!! after this it's best to wash with soapy warm water !!! i hope this has been of some help!!!
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