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User Reviews for Duragesic to treat Chronic Pain

Duragesic has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from a total of 29 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 90% of those users who reviewed Duragesic reported a positive effect, while 3% reported a negative effect.

Duragesic Rating Summary

8.6/10 average rating

29 ratings from 26 user reviews.

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Reviews for Duragesic

TJ · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 10, 2021

“I have dealt with chronic back pain for 15 years. After being on several different long acting opioids. My new pain management Doctor (well, he was new to me in 2017!) put me on duragesic patches. Can’t say enough positive things about the quality of life I have now. Yes, I still have bouts of breakthrough pain, but no longer take it as often. Also nice not to have to worry about “do I have my meds?” When leaving the house for work as one patch changed every 72 hours. Boom. Done. I do have auto shipment of tegaderm (on a roll) delivered every couple months, as no matter what brand the pharmacy prescribes - NONE of them are without coming loose at some point!”

10 / 10
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KenWoods · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 9, 2018

“Best med in 24 years of chronic pain, I was on 75 mcg every 2 days, Florida heat diminishes medication. Only stopped when it went generic as J&J stopped sending Bioclusive Dressing to keep it on my body at No Cost otherwise would still be on it.”

10 / 10
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kelliekg2112 · Taken for 10 years or more May 25, 2017

“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 / 10
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Paranormal Investigator March 8, 2013

“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and after trying different pain meds, I was finally put on Duragesic 25mcg every 72 hrs. The first day on a new patch is amazing. I could do nearly everything I used to. It even helped with the pain from bone deterioration due to a lifetime of taking high doses of Prednisone for my asthma. I will admit that the third day was the worst. About 5 years ago my doctor upped my dosage to 50mcg's every 48 hrs., which has made a huge difference. I still get Norco for breakthrough pain but I try not to take them unless the pain is really bad. I'm not the kind of person who likes to take any sort of medication but I know without it, my life would be awful.”

10 / 10
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Jessnco · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 13, 2013

“I have had several surgeries to rebuild my shoulder muscles and have had one tendon reattached to the bone and covered with a plate as well as arthritis in my spine. The pain is unbearable at times and sometime I can't even walk. I was taking the extended release Oxycontin and norco for break-thru pain which didn't help much. They seemed to last a few hours and that was that. Even then I didn't do much because of pain. My doctor had me try the 75mcg patch for 72 hours and I was amazed. I can wake up in the morning and almost jump out of bed. We have changed to a patch every 48 hours as on the 3rd day it didn't seem to work. But now depending on what I do during the day I am virtually pain free.Highly recommend, get ur life back”

10 / 10
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LadyFrench79 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 3, 2012

“It kept my pain at bay very well. I wore a 50 mcg gram patch every two days. Occasionally, I would have break through pain but it was tolerable. The only downside to this medication is that it makes you moody and irritable.”

9 / 10
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Sasha M. · Taken for 10 years or more October 27, 2015

“It saved my life! I can not, despite trying, take oral long acting narcotics. The biggest issue is the perception and doctors reaction, including pain management professionals to this medication. Yes, you develop dependence. Addiction is different. It is when you abuse your medication and continue to do so despite negative problems coming from that. The two words are NOT interchangeable. I am on 112 mcg/hour and change every 48 hours rather than the normal 72 hour dosing. It has allowed me to do the things I need to do in my life. I was virtually bedridden before going on Duragesic. It cover my pain for the most part, unless I am doing things physically that make the pain flare into a breakthrough. I take Morphine 30mg for BT pain.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more December 16, 2013

“Have been taking Duragesic for 10 years. It works great, I use a coupon that covers up to $50. out of pocket, my insurance copay is $35 therefore I pay noting for name brand. The generic does not work as effective as name.”

10 / 10
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braveheart1980 January 3, 2017

“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 / 10
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Bossplayer211 · Taken for 10 years or more June 25, 2015

“They have been good and bad for myself, mostly good, I was in a accident the messed up my back and surgery hasn't been an option at this point. I started out probably like everyone taking in way to many vicoden to percocet to oxytocin it got to be a fistful of pills everyday. Made me feel like a junkie. I can honestly say I would probably be dead if weren't for the patches. I change them every 48 hours and I've been on the same dose for about 8 years. My biggest worry/complaint is that I'm physically dependant on them and Vivid dreaming it's kinda freaky and being sleepy sometimes but the pain is tolerable. I'm on the PAP program (patient assistiance program) for low income so doesn't cost anything. They are very expensive”

9 / 10
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Pain in the back · Taken for 10 years or more December 22, 2016

“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 / 10
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B1ackcat · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 12, 2013

“"Duragesic" is an excellent chronic pain medication: no euphoric issues following the first couple weeks of use and initial body adjustment, etc., steady pain relief with minimal "Ups and Downs" in effectiveness (i.e., break through pain). However, myself, as with many users, find that it is necessary to change the patch every 48 hours, vs. the potential 72 hours (i.e., obviously this is with your doctor's approval). Also, putting the patch on takes a degree of practice and again, as with many, find it necessary to cover it with an approved "3M Tegaderm Cover" to prevent premature loss of adhesion. ”

9 / 10
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Mr.Ed · Taken for 5 to 10 years January 14, 2017

“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 / 10
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young finn 67 · Taken for 10 years or more September 26, 2015

“I had a bad injury to my neck and back due to a head on collision with a double decker bus for years I was in severe pain I was on gabapentin-morphine then along came fentanyl patches I started on 25 over 72 hours then 50, then 125 over 48 hours I could not believe the difference just a dull ache I could put up with the hot and cold flushes and slow running heart”

10 / 10
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Decoy Lab. · Taken for 6 months to 1 year November 4, 2014

“In 7 yrs of going through every painkiller known to man my pain management doc finally found a combination that works very well for me and gave back some of my life. My combination is Fentanyl 25 and Norco 10/325 for breakthrough pain. I have practically no side effects and does very well at managing my pain 24/7. I can function up to 4 hrs before the pain levels start to rise and have to stop. My issues are severe lower back pain from degenerative and bulging disks L 3-6. Both hips broken and severe osteoarthritis, same for right knee. My right Achilles tendon was torn up by a dog resulting in every infection including MRSA and Cellulitis. Multiple surgery's and 18 months to close. Now very painful and always a burning pain. This combination knocks out 90%.”

10 / 10
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Lilyrose1961 · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 21, 2012

“My doctor put me on the patches about 8 months ago. I was taking Norco 10/325, and Lyrica 50mg three times a day. I was still having pain at night, and when I had to walk for any distance at all. This medicine has changed my life, I can sleep all night without waking up from pain, I can walk through the mall now and not limp as bad. I still take 6 Norco a day, and my Lyrica 3Xday. But combined with the patch, I feel like I have a new lease on life. The only side effects I have had is a tendency to nod off if I sit down for long, and a decrease in my appetite which is good for helping me lose some weight.”

8 / 10
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EnuffsEnuff · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 25, 2016

“I have found that at least one out of each box of 5 has little or no medication on it. This has put me back in horrible pain and dangerous withdrawal symptoms..I was given the 25 mcg/ change every 72 hrs to take the place of my deactivated morphine pump that malfunctioned (overdosed & under dosed)..Diagnosis: severe scoliosis,degenerative disk,etc.”

6 / 10
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painlevel11 · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 22, 2017

“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 / 10
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LisaFabe October 7, 2013

“I have had positive experience with the patch, I also have to say that the patch has helped my neuropathy pain in feet and hands and that I have to say it has helped my restless leg syndrome. I have had more comfort with the patch with all three conditions. The maker of the patch should look into using it for neuropathy and restless legs syndrome also. I have tried other medications but the patch has helped my pain relief and relief of other conditions.”

9 / 10
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Gentel May 2, 2017

“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 / 10
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Bev. · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 13, 2015

“Although the 12mcg/hour patch did help with my pain it did not offer the relief I thought it might for 72 hours which is the life of a single patch. I still had pain, just not as severe. Then I broke out in a rash on chest, arms, thighs and back. Along with the rash a rise in blood pressure which had previously been well within acceptable range for my age of 62. I was placed on a blood pressure medication but have not seen a satisfactory drop in numbers. After finding information that 1 person in 10 will experience either very high blood pressure or very low blood pressure and given my history of hypersensitivity to drugs, I am thinking that I have no other alternative than to get off the fentanyl patch.”

4 / 10
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John0505 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 31, 2013

“I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis last year, not so bad if you're 75 but I'm 26. I've had symptoms of this since about 14 or 15. After 10 years my doctor finally believed me and accepted the fact that I was in real pain (this is finally after 2 well known orthopedic surgeons discussed their diagnoses with him). He gave me Norco 7.5's, which didn't do much but introduce my liver to a lot of acetaminophen. He then added fentanyl 50mcg/hr patch 1 every 72 hrs.”

8 / 10
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billkparrot December 14, 2014

“I broke my neck 2years ago 3 neck surgery's. 4th coming. This patch has been the only medicine that relieves pain. United Health will not cover it after December 31 2014.”

10 / 10
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klassiebutterfly45 · Taken for 1 to 2 years January 11, 2014

“Helped ok but had a lot of breakthrougg pain.”

8 / 10
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Bluerabbitrose12345 · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 9, 2017

“Constipation & sedation...but great pain relief”

9 / 10
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Yohav · Taken for less than 1 month June 19, 2014

“I've had the 75 mcg/hr patch on for 1 week with the pain level still the same as before using. I hope I'll be able to go to the 100mcg with better pain relief than the 75. Thank you!”

3 / 10
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Mudguppy · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 13, 2016

“Does extremely well with controlling chronic pain, but is also extremely addictive, and can even lead to abuse, especially in those predisposed to addiction.”

9 / 10
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mari jane May 25, 2014

“Very helpful, but feel antst at times.”

8 / 10
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