Just when I got used to the Sandoz brand I had my dose of patch upped to 25 and was given Actavis by the pharmacy. I am not even sure I have applied it correctly as it is unlike the others, with a celaphane like top- or am I supposed to peel the patch off of that? It is already upsetting to be upping the dose (though appropriate as I want to stop taking as much breakthrough medication - it keeps me up at night)- but to have a new brand that is very different looking without proper instructions for applying is worrisome. Has anyone else been given this kind?
Has anyone used Actavis fentanyl patches?
Added 12 Sep 2010:
So it turned out there was another info packet- I had seen only the one, which said nothing about how to apply- I did find it and apparently this is a gel reservoir system rather than adhesive system.
I immediately felt the drug- however I can't tell if it is the new dose or the new brand. At least I know this crackley cover being still on is not an error on my part!
I thought all the companies had switched to adhesive from gel. Guess not. I will report more....
Hi Meggie, I don't know if this will help much. I was on the Fentanyl patches for over 7 years and all of mine were the gel reservoir. All you have to do is peel the plastic cover off the back and apply. Please don't try and take anything else off of them because then you might end up puncturing it accidentally making the gel leak on to you once the patch gets warm and not even realize it. That happened to me when they had a recall for some of the seals not holding. I hope this might have helped even a little. Good luck!
I thought I would check back in so as to give advice about this type and brand- STAY AWAY! I started feeling as if I was in withdrawal on day one of my second patch of this kind- and then suddenly had so much medication released that I nearly lost consciousness. My pharmacy said "it is exactly the same as the other kind" - because that is what the literature said- and I told them- I am USING it and I am telling you it is different and the drug release is not even.
I was able to get them to switch my remaining nine patches for the Sandoz patches I was used to only because I was also having an allergic reaction to the adhesive they used, NOT because of my report of what I felt was no meds followed by overdose.
Lo and behold they have been recalled now for exactly what I reported.
I also went back to 12 instead of 25 because I was so out of it with 25s. I would rather use breakthrough meds.
yes,i have used this type.worked the best for me.read the pamphlets that came in the box.the thin sticker kind without the gel is very tricky at first to apply by yourself.soon as you peel it,it will roll up on you. the first time i used this type i ended up messing the first two up.they rolled up and stuck together,so i had to flush them.stay away from the apotex corp kind.they did not work at all for me.
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