I have been on Fentanyl (25, then 50 then 75) patches for about 18 months now. Problem is that they don't seem to be working very well any more. Does the body build up a resistance? I am getting more side effects but less pain relief. I am using this (and other medication) to stop the agonizing pain from a broken back and severed nerves. If these are stopping working - I truly don't know how to go on - the pain is simply too great to bear most days. Any ideas anyone?
I have a friend who is prescribed Fentanyl 75 patches and they started him on 25 as well. He said his body builds a tolerance for the patches quickly. He actually had to go back to his doctor and start getting cortisone shots and using the patches to get increased pain relief along with (other prescribed medication for pain) in his back. The shots may relieve the pain but are only good for a few months and have side affects like nausea or upset stomach. Best of luck and hope this is helpful.
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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