I was already on the 25mcg patches. My problem is when I talked to my DR. I told her the patch only lasted me about a day and a half and that I would start to go into withdrawal. She raised me to the 50mcg patches. But, here is my problem? I have been out of my 25mcg patches now for 3 days and can't get the 50mcg patches filled for the next 4 days, which by that time will be a week. Now for my question:
If I only wanted to start out at 25mcg, would I just pull the film half way back and then apply the patch? Also, would the other half still be good to use after the 3days till I get back to were I was? This is a very dangerous drug and I am just being safe and not sorry! Thank you all for your Support!
These are some of the literature regarding Fentanyl patches which was found on the net, it is not recommended to use the patch the way you have suggested, kindly do talk with your doc/pharmacist before you take such a method to use the patches.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Learn how to properly use, store, and discard the patches. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Do not use the patch if it appears broken, cut, or damaged. Use the patch immediately after removing it from the sealed package. Wash your hands after applying the patch.
This patch contains a very strong narcotic pain medication. Depending on the manufacturer, the drug may be in the sticky layer, or it may be in a separate layer of gel as well as in the sticky layer. If you accidentally touch the adhesive drug layer to your skin or handle a cut or damaged patch, wash the exposed area with clear water. If you touch the gel or if the gel leaks from the patch, wash the exposed area with plenty of water. Do not use soap, alcohol, or other products to remove the gel. Wear rubber gloves or use a tissue to remove a cut, damaged or leaking patch. Consult your pharmacist if you have questions.
hi how long. It's been a while. I would have to agree with Rajive. You really need to use them exactly as prescribed. As you know, it's a very potent medication.
Be safe and hope you feel better soon. chris
1 Sep 2011
Uh, uh, uh... be CAREFUL. First of all, if you are using the old patches & you cut them in half, the gel inside would leak out & the patch would then be useless.
However, it raised my radar when you said that you asked your doctor for the 50mcg patches & now only want to use half at a time. Sounds like doctor scamming to me, as if the 25's were fine for you & you just wanted to double up on the amount you get each month, which necessitates making sure that it is safe to cut them in half. So, I'm not even going to answer your initial question in any more detail...
17 Jan 2012
IMO, and I've been on 50mcg patches every 48 hrs for 8 months, trying to "play" with the dosages is very dangerous and should not be done. If I were you, and again, I'm not a doc and I dont know why you are on the patches, but I would seek to get off this drug ASAP. This drug is not only dangerous, but can lead you down a road you never would have thought you'd walk. My personal experience is that I would go into withdrawal before I could get another patch on me, and I ended up with bodywide aching, arthritic type pain, which was the fentanyl telling my brain that i need MORE. I hate to say this, but this drug should be reserved for those who are fatally ill because the misery it eventually will cause is not worth it. See another pain specialist.
2 Jan 2013
I agree with Mia in pa. fentanyl was the end of the line in pain management. For terminal patients. I'm suprised to hear how many people are using them for chronic pain. My ex covered his body with fentyl and took a handle full of Xanax and died as planned on valentines day. He was seriously ill with no hope. He was getting fentanyl because his doc knew he didn't have long and tried to make him comfortable. I'm doing my research to avoid fentanyl . I never wanted narcotics but gave in recently I'm hoping to settle on nucynta. I hate giving into meds but they make me feel so much better I feel almost guilty. When yur in pain yu can't think of what might happen to yu (addiction) in the future . Hard not to deal with the present. I wouldn't take the first thing that pops out of the doctors mouth . Do the research ask the questions and experiment if yu have to.
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