I found lower dose did not control pain which is 8-9, difficulty walking/moving. 75 was effective but trouble staying awake. Does drowsiness lessen? I noticed that in the morning my hands, feet, legs were very swollen, which has never happened. It would lessen during the day - stopped med 2 weeks ago - still some swelling - could this be side effect in lieu of sweating? Had blood/urine test - all normal
Yes but you have to grow a tolerance to the Fentanyl by continuing on taking it. You can try avoiding the sleepiness by drinking more coffee throughput the day, and go without putting a patch on for half a day to a whole day. And you can also remove it about an hour or two before bedtime, then put it back on with some very sticky medical tape in morning after your done with coffee and when you know for sure that you're awake. Ask doctor for a few mild sleeping pills to take as needed to be sure that you're getting the proper amount of sleep at night because I know how those Fentanyl Patches do tend to cause alot of trouble with getting to and staying asleep for alot of people who aren't used to taking large and very potent opiates. Though Fentanyl is known to cause alot of people with insomnia and having constipation, which too is another cause of insomnia.
If you are symptom free at this point, you can begin weaning off the patches. Maybe you are beyond that point by now, too. It is good your blood levels have returned to normal, too.
With the mild swelling you mention... this should rectify itself or talk with your doctor about a diuretic.
Just as a matter of mention... once you take off the patch... do not attempt to reattach it, with tape or tegaderm. That isn't how they are meant to be used.
The swelling in your legs can be relieved a bit by sleeping with two pillows under your legs. That would make your legs higher than your heart thus helping gravity and fluid from collecting in your legs.
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
- Fentanyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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