to get them to stay or an alternative?
Be sure the area is clean and very dry. If it's an area that bends or stretches, be sure the skin is in the stretched or bent position first, because if the skin is loose when you apply the patch it'll fall off when the skin bends or stretches. Hope this helps.
Rena Use the tape that is used for bandages to tape these patches on. That may help to keep them on and stretched.
Make sure that the skin is clean and as oil free as possible before applying. Lidocaine is available in an ointment. It works pretty much like the patch but it is much messier and greasy and you have a much greater liklihood of exposing someone else to the medication from skin to skin contact. I have used both. I have trouble getting the patches to stick too. Tape does help sometimes but I find it doesnt stick too well either. When I put one on, I make sure to hold my warm hand over the areas smoothing down the patch allowing the warmth from my hand and my back to help the adhesives to seal well. I have cleaned the area with alcohol then rinsed with water prior to applying but I'm not sure that you are supposed to do this. I know with Fentanyl patches it is a no-no to use alcohol or soap to the area prior to applying but I couldnt find anything in the lidocaine literature that says you cant do this.
At your local pharmacy ask the pharmacist about Tegaderm, it is the same dressing tape used for IVs and sticks really well. It also comes in many different sizes. I believe you can order it online as well
Good answers above, also, where is the patch located? Can you use a piece of clothing to hold it in place? There is also a medical sticky stuff called benzoin, which is a liquid, and sticks things to your skin. They have given that to me to hold stuff on that doesn't stick. Best wishes to you!! I know how valuable those patches are!
Hi, I just picked up my patches a few days ago and had the same problem. I called the company directly. They said to clean the skin with alcohol prior to putting it on. Make sure it is dry and apply. She said to rub the patch for about 2 minutes to make sure it is making 100% contact. That's all she said. So, I bought cloth medical tape and covered each side and then criss crossed it with the tape. That worked. My area is my right hip so lots of bending and sitting. I think wearing some type if compression garmet over it would help too. I bought compression therapy shorts that I wear under my clothes. Also, and this is no joke... Duct tape works too with no skin issues. Hope that helps!
The pill is initially the same thing. Has common side effects and results. You still are 3 weeks on, 1 week off. Only difference is you have to take the pill daily.
I had similar issues when I first started using the patch. Use alcohol to clean & dehyrated (take out oils) the skin where you are going to put on the patch and let the area completely dry before placing it somewhere on your torso. Remember to bend while putting it on if it will be in an area that naturally stretches.
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