My mother-in-law has skin that is very thin, with very low body fat beneath it. She has severe back pain that was not well controlled with Percoset so her physician has moved to a duragesic patch. We see very little relief from the patch. I fear absorption is inefficient due to her skin and lack of body fat. I currently have it on the upper arm.
Will Duragesic Patch absorption be affected by brittle skin in a COPD patient?
- 15 Jun 2010 by jaylaw
- 17 Jun 2010
- duragesic, pain, back pain, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Added 15 Jun 2010:
Note: the patch has been on for 24 hours. We are using the Mylan fentanyl 25 mcg patch. She only weighs 100 pounds.
How long has she been on the patch? sometimes it takes up to 3 days to start working fully. The amount of skin does not matter or fat and just may not be working for her at all or she might need a stronger dose. Just give it some time if it doesnt help her she needs a stronger dose or a change in medication. I am actually on norco 10/325mg and i have a disc bulge and herniated disc pinching my sciatica nerves and the norco has done wonders for me. I have actually tried every medication in the book for pain relief and even the fentanyl didnt help but it might help for your mom she might need breakthrough medication in case the patch works out but the pain still comes through while on the patch. Please keep this in mind i hope this helped you some.
- Duragesic Information for Consumers
- Duragesic Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Duragesic (detailed)
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