... when you take a shower??? Does it get ruined when it gets wet? The md said not to worry, it would still be effective. I'm just not sure I believe that. I was hoping to hear the experiences of actual users! Thanks much!
You can't soak in a hot tub or stand with a boiling shower on it for too long or stand in the sun in a black shirt. The excess heat causes the patch to release it's contents faster than normal. I've been on fentanyl for 5 or 6 years so if you have questions please feel free to ask.
I have been on the patch for several years and have found that you can cover the patch with Tegaderm clear film bandages. They stick over the patch and keep the patch from getting wet or falling off. The Tegaderm film "breathes", so it is safe to cover it with. Good luck to you, hope this helps
I'm new to fentanyl, I've had trouble with mine sticking to my skin in general, so I typically cover mine with either tegaderm or a water proof sports tape. But I've also pulled it off when I shower and then reapplied it once my skin site was dry and with my above mentioned methods. I also use that reinforced method because u have a child under 2 and I'm in constant fear it will fall off, I won't know and she could find it. I also dispose of mine at my local law enforcement agency. They have special boxes that you can put your unneeded meds in for safe disposal. Instead of flushing them or putting them into your household garbage.
I have been taking this patch for over10 years, so I think that I am in a position to answer your question. I have found that whilst taking a shower or a bath it is important to ensure the patch is stuck Down correctly, if there is any creases in the patch then water will get underneath and the patch will come off and you may find that it is impossible to stick down again. If that is the case you will have to replace with a new patch. You will then have to start the 72 hours from then.
Sometimes, if I have a patch that is coming off I take the patch off till finished having a shower, then put the patch back on and hold it down till the patch has stuck properly. I also find that the patch will not stick if you are sweating. I hope that this answer helps you, but if you need any more help with anything relating to the patch don't hesitate to ask me. What strength are you taking? I am taking 75 microgram / hour.
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