Does anyone have any recommendations on how to keep the patch from falling off. Is there any kind of protective covering that would prevent it from falling off too early or ensuring that a child or someone doesn't get in contact with it? Thanks so much for your answers!
I use Tegaderm Film. They are waterproof and you can shower and bathe and not worry about the Fentanyl patches getting wet. They are a little pricey, but worth it. You can buy them at the pharmacy or a medical specialty store. I bought mine from a small pharmacy chain and paid $14.59 for 20 patches.
Superstressed had a great idea. I work at a hospital and we tell all of our patients that if their patch (fentanyl, nicotine, whatever) comes off, we can't put another one on until it is due. Therefore, we also use the tegaderm to keep it in place. I suspect that just about any good quality medical tape would work, except that you'd be running around with white tape outlined on you ;) Hope this helps.
Hi Spiveycol, I'm brent25, and I used to be on those types of patches, and had the same type of problems that You are having. And this is what I found that worked rather well for me; After You get out of the shower, take a cotton pad, and soak in rubbing alcohol. o k, on the spot where Your going to apply the patch, rub and clean the area really well, and then dry of the excess alcohol with something like some toilet tissue,or something like that, to make sure that the area is completely dry. It should stick a lot better after that. You see, I found that even after taking a shower, we still have some of our bodies "oil" leftover on our skin, so the alcohol helps take a lot of it off, and therefore leaves a completely dry area for You to apply Your patch. This worked really well for me, and I so hope that it works really well for You. Good luck with it, and try and let us know just how it works out for Ya. And good luck again. :-)
I have been using fentanyl patches for just over a year now (I've used both types-with and without gel reservoirs). I had a horrible time trying to keep them on at first. I was buying the readers film, but still had to replace them 2-3 times a day at a minimum during the summer. So, yes, this was extremely expensive!!!
Now, I've found that two rolls of the paper medical tape which costs less than $5.00/month work great. I rarely ever have to apply this more than once. Even with naturally oily skin and during the summer heat.
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