Fentanyl Pain Patch
People with moderate-to-severe chronic pain may benefit from the fentanyl patch (Duragesic®). This medicated patch is a strong, long-acting opioid narcotic used in people who have not been able to adequately control their pain with other medications.
The fentanyl pain patch is worn continuously for three days (72 hours). After three days, a new patch is applied to a different skin site.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects can occur and may include nausea, vomiting, and constipation. If reactions do occur, they tend to be mild and easy to treat.
This skin patch is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, which means there are strict laws and regulations controlling its sale and use. Schedule II medications, such as fentanyl patches, are considered to have the highest potential for abuse.
(For more details on this pain patch, click Fentanyl Patch. This Web resource offers an in-depth look at this pain reliever, including information on how it works, potential safety precautions, and more.)