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User Reviews for Fentanyl

Also known as: Abstral, Actiq, Duragesic, Fentanyl Transdermal System, Fentora, Ionsys, Lazanda, Onsolis, Sublimaze, Subsys

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Dercum's Disease 3 reviews 0 medications
   
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Breakthrough Pain 27 reviews 6 medications
   
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Pain 166 reviews 1100 medications
   
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Chronic Pain 124 reviews 108 medications
   
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Summary of Fentanyl reviews 330 reviews 8.3

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For Chronic Pain: "I had taken Fentanol-Apotex generic for about 4 years-and after the 1st year-finally got used to it (And after several other brands at several drug stores) then they changed me, no notice... I had a lot of symptoms, I noticed, and contacted them. I have no say so, over the brands, so I changed to a drug store that promised me Apotex again- and I did not get it. I finally was changed to Actavis, which was less problems, but does not stick, and I have spent a fortune on tape and band aids that did not work- plus I have to leave the plastic on 1/2 for the 1st night- to get any sleep, and then it usually gives out before 4th day."

UPick1 August 22, 2017

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For Pain: "Ms. Faith, Try using "Melatonin" as a sleep aid! Three mg to 10 mgs., depending on your individual metabolism (i.e., thus not adding another potentially potent prescription prescription, etc.)."

SMCH August 19, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I've been using Fentanyl 50 every other day for 9 years. (Tramadol for breakthru) My pain is controlled, and it had saved me from the pills. Using percocet prior, I would take more pills than I should and now just patch and forget. Problem- new drug laws are keeping ppl who need the meds from getting them. To keep patches on without tape, be sure to rub area with a dry towel before applying, then hold on skin for 30 seconds. I haven't lost a patch in 8 years. Biggest worry is having to find a Pain management center who will let me keep the patch. I played the pill game for years. The new laws are lowering the quality of my life. I am not an addict because I use pain meds."

   
9.0

Strawberryga (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 11, 2017

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For Anesthesia: "One time use. Was given IV Fentanyl and Versed together for a colonoscopy. I woke shortly after the procedure and never experienced discomfort. I walked out and was driven home an hour later. I was feeling normal the next day."

   
10

Marty Colon June 22, 2017

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For Pain: "Doesn't do the job would rather have morphine or dilaudid"

   
1.0

Cga8036 June 21, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I was on 50mg. Of the fentanyl patch for 12yrs. 4 months ago, I finally spoke up saying it just isn't working anymore, So my dr. Switched me to OxyContin 40MG. It has not touched my pain! I was getting more relief on the 50mg, patch then on OxyContin, so I'm going to ask to go back to patch and have it upped to 75mg. I am also on 8mg. Of Diaudid 3xday for break through pain. I do hate that I have to buy the bioclusive tape to keep on. The patch for me works much better. I never really have had any side effects from the patch, the only time I had side effect was when I first tried it 12 yrs ago, it made me loopy and very out of it, but that went away. The way they had me taking the patch was, put a new one on every 2 days."

Sweet Louise June 18, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I currently wear 50mcg/72 h patch. Have been on this same dose for 1 year. Prior year began with 100mcg, then 75mcg, then 50mcg. Last few months my left knee down to my foot swells ENORMOUSLY. Went to E.R. couple months back and they weren't able to give me a definitive answer. The only relief from this swelling is to take the patch off. Problem in doing that is my pain comes back with a vengeance! This patch literally changed my life for the better. Simple tasks use to be impossible. Now I may have to give it up! Anyone else with this issue? Suggestions?"

   
8.0

Gypsyanne (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 11, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Very helpful. Able to function with pain and hold down same highly demanding, professional managerial job. Couldn't do without duragesic on multiple jobs prior to using this."

   
10

kelliekg2112 (taken for 10 years or more) May 25, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Fentynal patch was more effective than MS Contin (three 30mg pills daily). Doctor started me at 12, and I am now on 25. I'm sure in a few months I will be at 50 and by this time next year, 100mcg's. That's what sucks about pain meds - you get tolerant of it over time, but so far so good. Patch is so small and tiny! I thought pouch was empty the first time I opened it! I was expecting a larger, white or flesh colored patch."

   
8.0

painlevel11 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 22, 2017

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For Pain: "I have only been with pain management for 6 months but suffered from debilitating pain (Osteoarthritis, neuropathy) for years. I am hoping through the fentanyl patch I may have some consistency with my management of pain. Have tried Opana 15 mg X 2 and before that a morphine tablet (cannot remember strength). I also had Percocet 10/325 every 4-6 hrs for breakthrough pain. The only thing that helped was the Percocet but felt I was taking way to many; 150 a month. I got the patch today. I took 2 Percocet initially because I had been without anything for 3 days and was really hurting 10+. My pain level is at 1 maybe 2 after 16 hrs of applying the patch. Praise God! My only issue is a headache and not being able to sleep. I am not sure if headache is from sinus or patch?"

   
9.0

Ms. Faith (taken for less than 1 month) May 17, 2017

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For Pain: "It was used as a pain reliever in an emergency room setting by a licensed practicing physician. I received two separate doses at my own informed request, but the second dose was a bit much for me. Although it did what it was supposed to do which was relieve the pain I was experiencing. It was too powerful for my liking."

   
9.0

okrebl (taken for less than 1 month) May 8, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "The time release system seems to be different with everyone cutting the patch into 16 strips allows one to better control this drug to there own need.Naturally a Dr. Can't tell you this but will agree if they know you well and trust you opinion."

   
8.0

Gentel May 2, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I've been in chronic pain for over 10 years. Multiple neck, low back and shoulder surgeries. I'm 64years old weight 250lb, I do pool therapy as regularly as I can. I don't drink or smoke. I take tizanidine 4mg at night and currently I'm prescribed A 50 mcg and a 12 mcg patch or a total of 67 micrograms, Milan manufacture patch. All of a sudden I stopped getting relief. At 72 hour mark I'll change the patch and its site and all I can get is 2-4 hours of relief on a 72 hour patch. Then it's pure hell whats going on?? I mean zero relief. Just muscle spasms for hours on end. I have been on all the rest and fentanyl was the only pain medicine that worked without side effects, without any trouble. I'm devastated and just would like to know what happened"

   
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T12U (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 29, 2017

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Actiq (fentanyl) for Breakthrough Pain: "4 major back surgeries. ALL failed to relieve severe chronic pain. DOZENS OF OUTPATIENT procedures, nothing worked. Finally diagnoses Severely Permanent Damage to Nerves & Discs (3 removed, 2 destroyed) in Sacroliliac & upward area containing Nerve & Disc Damage that cannot be resolved with Surgery, "Failed back surgery & Severe Chronic pain syndrome." High natural resistance to opiates since a child, made worse by tolerance to opiates at a faster than normal rate. During the 20 + years of severe chronic pain, the intro. of Aqtiq was pivotal. Best things, 1.U control relief level (save rest of sucker 4 later) 2. SPEED! Very fast relief from BREAKTHROUGH, debilitating pain..."

DPain (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 23, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I've been on Fentanyl patches for over a year. Even at 100mcg, I'm still in pain. I was on Dilaudid (Hydromorphone) for break through pain, but it did not help because I was tolerant to it. I currently take Opana (Oxymorphone) instead, which does help some. I do not believe my pain can ever be fully managed, since I am in severe pain in over 8 areas. They say they have me on the two strongest medications, so they can't do anything more. I've been told to switch doctors since most of the people at the office quit, but I'm afraid the next one will be worse. A problem with Fentanyl is on the 3rd day I went through withdrawal symptoms because the medicine only lasted 2 days for me. Another problem is the strong chemical smell when you sweat"

   
8.0

Amber K (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 23, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I was on 12.5 mcg but I started metabolizing it too fast, I was in withdrawal after 48 hrs. I moved up to 25 mcg but after just a couple of months, back in withdrawal in 48 hrs instead of 72 hrs. My insurance refused to pay for 48 hr changes and only wanted to continue to have the doc increase from 25 mcg. It helps great for pain but at what cost?! Don't become dependent on this drug. It's not worth it. The withdrawal trying to come off this cold turkey or even with clonodine is inhumane. I had to check into detox to help get off after just 9 months. Please don't take this unless you're in end of life care. Doctors don't explain what it's like to get off this medicine. Once I got off this and Percocet, over the counter meds work again."

   
4.0

Notme2 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 16, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Constipation & sedation...but great pain relief"

   
9.0

Bluerabbitrose12345 (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 9, 2017

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Fentanyl Transdermal System (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I've had neck surgery, both shoulder surgeries and chronic low back (disc) problems for the past 14 years. Oral medications somewhat helped OxyContin, then Oxycodone and Morphine sulfate. Even Ibuprofen 800 for inflammation in my muscles and sciatic nerve on left leg. But, recently my Dr. put me on Fentanyl patch 25mcg/72 hour. It was amazing, I was pain free!! But, at a cost. I couldn't tolorate the side effects. For me? It affected my torso and abdomen area felt numb like Novacaine. It weakened my back and leg muscles. All within the first 16 days. I removed the (6th) patch then hospitalized, had a MRI of my brain to rule out Stroke. Almost complete loss of balance, using a cane. Started therapy to regain strength. No longer on the patch."

   
7.0

JudeezKid (taken for less than 1 month) February 9, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "After a month of continuous surgery, I shifted to oxycodone 30mg every four hours. It sedated me to the point of uselessness. My MD put me on equivalence of Fentanyl patches, and bam, no sedation, no euphoria, few side effects like nausea and mild insomnia. Very tolerable. Best part was great pain control without the baggage. I had to severely reduce klonopin during all this due to interactions but still find that half the previous dose of klonopin is still effective. Only real negative I've noted is interdose withdrawal symptoms prior to changing the patch. Always on the third day, so I'm going through patches a bit faster, tho still close to 72 hours. Maybe I'm just a fast metabolizer?"

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 30, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I have used several types of pain medication. I used fentanyl and was able to work for 5 extra years. The only problem that I had was my body absorbed it within 48 hours. My doctor didn't just increase the dosage he has me changing every 48 hours."

   
9.0

Mr.Ed (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 14, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "OA/DDD spine: Switched from oxycontin, to fentanyl patches, >15 yrs, Watson gel patch: terrible irritation/rash & v. poor adhesion. Switched to Mylan brand, 25 mcg, then 50 mcg, roxicet for bt pain. As many of you, I felt a lot of pain relief and was able to be physically active... gardening, bike riding, walking 4 mi.. I switched to Mallincrodt oxcodone 5 mg, (there is a difference in brands!). Inc in pain, yr ago tried 75 mcg, but didn't like: dizziness, headaches, incontinence. Quit fentanyl (5 weeks) tried gabapentin: vertigo, fell down stairs, etc!! Back to Mylan 37.5 mcg (1/1/17 inc $12 to 75) & oxcodone 5mg. Not enough, will see pain management Dr., this wk. (seen him for years) INSIST ON PAIN MANAGEMENT SP"

   
8.0

IWG (taken for 10 years or more) January 8, 2017

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For Pain: "Had 6 surgeries for cellulitis advancing to sepsis. 60 days in hospital. They discharged me with 2 weeks of oxycodone, pretty high dose around 120 mg/day. My MD preferred Fentanyl patches with low dose hydrocodone for breakthrough pain. I definitely prefer the Fentanyl, no wild mood swings or sedation like the oxycodone. Just blessed pain relief. Only have to put the patch on every three days. It seems to weaken on the third day, so I use the hydrocodone, but it beats being tied to the very tight dosing of oxycodone, with all its weird baggage."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 5, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "I have been on all different meds for CRPS that I got from a work related injury 16 years ago. Tried just about all the extended release options available but they caused intolerable side effects. Even tried neurontin but only got side effects. This drug changed my life. I could function because the pain was tolerable for the first time in years. I do not know what I will do if it is ever unavailable to me. I still need something for break through pain but I can live an almost functional life now. I am at 125 mcg. every 48 hours. I found that 72 hours was too long between changes as the pain was intolerable on the 3rd day."

   
8.0

braveheart1980 January 3, 2017

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Duragesic (fentanyl) for Chronic Pain: "Been taking This medication for over 13 years responsibly!!! It has helped tremendously to control my pain but not without side effects of not being able to sleep well ever and constant sweating 24/7. Much safer to use than oral meds and no stomach problems."

   
8.0

Pain in the back (taken for 10 years or more) December 22, 2016

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For Chronic Pain: "Back surgery didn't go very well so I was put on multiple drugs both pain and nerve. Most of the pill forms made me extremely sick. So I was put on fentanyl patches 25 mcg per every 3 days now up to 50 mcg after 1st of year will be up to 75mcg. Works well for me just when I first put it on I do suffer insomnia for 1 or 2 nights pain still with me but at times more tolerable. And the government wants doctors to cut way back on fentanyl be cause of abuse. Then gets cars locked up for speeding!!! I believe Doctors will stop writing scripts because they are afraid of the DEA and med reviews and people that surely need it will suffer. We will see what future holds and I wish everyone in these positions good luck. WE CAN ALL MOVE TO COLORADO"

   
8.0

sufferffBill (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 15, 2016

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