Hi everyone. I saw my pain mgmt doc today and he switched me from Oxycontin 30mg to Fentanyl patch 25mcg. I am VERY nervous about the change. I am wondering 2 things. Will the relief be comparable? Can anyone give me advice about which brand works best before I get them filled? I am also concerned that they won't last the full 72 hours. Please, any feedback? Thanks my friends. Hope everyone is having a good day. Hugs -Terri-
I went through the exact same switch 3 patches ago. My life is now worth living. Most of my severe neck and back pain magically disappeared. I only take 10 mg Norco for breakthrough pain. I garden again, knit again, cook again. Life for me is awesome.
I just got generic Fentanyl patches. They are the size of a large postage stamp and look like they have a bit of gel in them.
WOW... R THEY EVER GREAT! Please try them. I think you will be very happy and pain free. And they last the whole 72 hours ... no more up on the middle of the night.
Hi Terri, as you have heard the patch works for some & not others, it does take about 48 hours for the first patch to take full effect, so keep you pills handay. It has to build a certain level in your blood to work properly. I couldn't use fentanayl because it made me so nauseaus I was vomiting. The best of luck to you & let us know how it works for you. Another thing is I hear a lot about the patch not sticking very well. So make sure the skin area where you put is is clean & dry...
If you can get through the nausea, fentanyl is a much better choice for your body--less addictive so you don't need to keep upping the dose to get the same effect. Also you can place the patches on areas where you have greatest pain. Unfortunately i developed contact dermatitis from the adhesive (common side effect for me). As for OTC ways to deal with nausea, ginger root products are GREAT for dealing with nausea. Your local natural foods store should carry candied ginger in their bulk bins. They may also carry a candy called Gin Gins. I prefer the hard candy to the chewies. Then there is a soda called Reed's Ginger brew. If you like ginger, I'd stick with the plain ginger flavor. They have regular and extra. I prefer the extra, but it is a strong ginger flavor. If all else fails the nausea section of your regular pharmacy should carry a product (generic name meclizine hydrochloride) brand names, Bonine or Non-Drowsy Dramamine, The generic is much cheaper and works just as well as the brand names. Eventually your body should adjust to the nausea, but I hope these hold-overs help. All the best to you, heartsgrace
Hi Terri!!! My PC has been very bad of late, so I've not been on dc much, missed you all !!
This sounds like it just may be the answer for you!!! I pray tis so!!
Please, keep us upated on your progress with fentanyl (sp) patches?
I shall keep you in my thoughts and light a few candles for you!!
fentanyl patches are wonderful!i'm on 75mcg's every 72 hours and the work great most of the time!but of course they are those days when nothing helps with our pain!!i'm on oxy's 15mg's for break through pain and fentanyl citrate for the really bad break through pain!which i don't use unless needed because even with insurance it's 200 bucks a month !some people have trouble getting the patches to stick i did to !but i put them on my shoulders and hold them firmly for 30 seconds when i put them on and they stick!!which is great cause i break out when i taped them!hope you get pain relief like i have from them!
I'm also a very curious and anxious Canadian! After loosing a friend yrs. ago, he had put one to many patches on and was drinking. He lay in a fetal position for 24 hrs. and everyone just walked by him thinking he was passed out... he was dead! By the Grace of God, I don't drink! But what a crappy way to go!
Moral of this story... Make sure you take off the patch before replacing it with another one!
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