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.
I was just given a new script for a hundred MCG Fentanyl patches which are gel and the pharmacy I go to carries dar and the old Pharmacy carries Actavis I had no clue which one to go with four been on them off and on for 15 years and have never heard of the brand dar I applied it yesterday morning I have to go by my pain if my pain don't go down then it's not working so between the Actavis and the DAR does anyone have any info on which one is better . On the dar fentanyl gel patches I definitely have to have my breakthrough pain meds I thinking I probably should have went with the actavis, fact that I've heard actavis of that brand in other medications but I have never heard of dar. Anyone have any input on either one of these to which is better or any kind of comment tks
I have always needed to use the Reservoir type of Patch. The Matrix type never stayed on ( I worked around that), but worse, it just never worked for me. My Pharmacy was able to provide me with a Company that still distributed my type of Patch, which was Actavis, until this Month February 2018. Now, I'm informed that these Patches are also being "Recalled". Maybe yes and maybe, just an excuse to remove them from the Market. I went through this several years ago (same excuse), which was when the Matrix type was born. This was very upsetting to me, because I finally found something that worked to reduce my Pain level (I have Norco for back up, but Pills alone, does not work either). Just finding that there were companies that still produced the Reservoir type Patch was a God Sent. But no more...
I do understand the Government Issue, with getting these (and other pain medications) off the Streets (which I've heard, is coming in from other Countries, not here per say) and the People's concern as well, BUT... I've done nothing but Fight about this Pain Medication, with Doctors-Insurance companies, and anyone who would listen, just so I could continue using what was working (I've had Pain, since I was in my late 20's). But, now they (whoever they are) have found a way to cut it out (pretty much) completely. I'm 71 years old and I will never be healed or better, just worse, not to mention my Quality of Life that has gone down the tubes. I guess, I will just have to concede to be bed bound for the rest of my days. Sorry, I think that I got off track and on my Soap box once again... My reply was, I too liked Actavis Patches, until they joined the pack to discontinue or should I say RECALL ??? What a COP OUT !!! If anyone knows of a Company, that is still distributing the Reservoir (gel) type Patch, please respond and I do appreciate your help and your eyes for reading this (and of course your patience to get through it) !
This is happening to many others on fentanyl. Many pain sufferers have noticed increased pain level when changing from the brands of patches with the reservoir delivery method to the patches using the matrix delivery method. Usually Drs don't care, but many of their patients that had been gaining more pain control and quality of life to a step backward and pain level increased when the patients pharmacy gave them the fentanyl patch with the matrix method of delivery, rather than the prior reservoir method of delivery.
Seems that the patients are increasing dose of 25mcg when going from reservoir (gel) delivery patch to matrix patch.
If Gel patch worked on pain at 50mcg fentanyl patch many have needed the dose increased to 75mcg fentanyl patch when using matrix method patches.
I have been hearing this from so many pain sufferers. All went up 25mcgs in fent doting matrix method does not manage their pain nearly as well as the reservoir patch(gel)
I hope this 25mcg increase will give the patients the same relief of pain as the prior fentanyl (gel)patches have them.
I have used that brand for 10 years and it's actually very easy to do. All you do is peel off the back plastic piece that will reveal a sticky side underneath the gel side and stick the Sticky Side to your skin and hold pressure on it for 5 to 15 seconds. Unfortunately these patches are not available right now because of a massive recall and they're the only patches that work for me that handle my pain and actually stick on my body. All other brands have a smaller surface area and the adhesive does not stick to my skin and the patch has no gel in it and does not work to control my pain. So be happy that they changed you too this friend because it works the best. I know when I first switch to it I was a little nervous to you just need to be careful when you peel off the back that you don't let the patch fold over on itself and the two sticky part stick together.
To avoid this just make sure there's a tab that you can hold onto while you're peeling off the back cover to reveal the adhesive side so just make sure you hold on to the tab and peel off the back and immediately grabbed the other side to keep it straight and then place it on your body wherever you feel most comfortable having the patch. I put mine on my breast because it's the only place it's never seen and it's the best place 4 it not to come off because it's not like putting it on arm where you're moving at all the time or your stomach muscles where you're bending and standing so just put it in a place that doesn't move around alot. I wish you the best of luck and I pray that Actavis brand comes back to California because since January I have been in agony I was living my life I was working again and now I'm back to being in agonizing pain everyday and unable to leave my couch. Good luck and God bless
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