I've been putting them on my back as that is where most of my pain is located, but when I went to the DR the other day to see about shots for my back, she said that I was wearing them wrong and that I should have them either on my stomach or my thighs. I started wearing them on my stomach, but my back has hurt worse ever since then. Does it really matter or is this just a coincidence?
Hi Ms Kelly, It is a coincidence. The Fentanyl patch works by transferring the Fentanyl into body fat and from there into your blood stream. The largest proportion of the patch contents are absorbed into the skin and fat in 24 hours, but it needs the covering (patch) so it is not lost.
If you put it on a lean area, your body simply won't absorb it and release it properly.
I have a lot of experience with Fentanyl, and this is my my belief based on literature.
I've read the back is best for children so they cannot get at it. I have some of the same problem you have. Try your upper arm and inward where the fat is, not all the way under because of sweat, or just apply to the outside of upper arm switching arms with each new application. I've tried my upper chest area also, not as well as the part way under my upper arm, depends on what I am wearing, I would think the thigh would take longer to get into system. I've never used it on my thigh or stomach area. Take a look at the directions, maybe it differs with different brands, I'd go for part way under the upper arm. I've used this area for years.Hope this helps.
I don't know whether you're male or female, so I'll just just jump in with my female solution.
I kept having adhesion issues, or I'd start realizing I was in a LOT of pain, start looking for it, and be unable to find it anywhere... in the house, at work... talk about being paranoid that a pet would find it.
I also knew that part of what makes it release the medication is body heat... NOT the kind of heat like hairdryer heat, but good 'ol 98.6.
I came up with the idea of placing one on the underside of my breast, as it's typically a warmer area, and there is the reinforcement of a bra to hold it tight against the skin.
This method worked so well, I continued to use it for years, until my pain management program changed.
I hope this helps. :) Meggie
One quick add-on :
Children think they are bandaids !
Please keep them in the aluminum pack they come in and hide them !
The devastating effect with a strong pain med with a child would cause despiratory depression bf possibly death.
One more... don't throw them in the trash !
Wrap them in a hospital glove,small plastic bag,aluminum etc.
This is to protect anyone who is emptying the garbage or the trash men.
You also need to take extra caution to prevent people knowing you have these in your home to prevent break-ins.
It sounds like over-kill but you know Murphy's Law. If something can go wrong,
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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