Fentanyl Patch 12.5 Mcg/hr
The fentanyl patch (Duragesic®) is a medicated skin patch used to treat moderate-to-severe chronic pain. It should only be used in people who are already using an opioid medication. Although there are several available strengths, your healthcare provider may prescribe 12.5 mcg/hr as an initial dose of the fentanyl patch. It is best to underestimate the dose initially, in order to avoid dangerous side effects.
However, your healthcare provider will take into account several factors when determining your dosage. Some of these factors include the type and severity of your pain, other medications you are taking, and other medical conditions you may have.
Each fentanyl patch is worn continuously for three days (72 hours). After three days, a new patch is applied to a different skin site. If your patch falls off before three days, dispose of it in a proper manner, and apply a new patch to a different skin site. Do not try to reapply the old patch.
(For more information on using the 12.5-mcg/hr strength of this medicine, click Fentanyl Patch. This article explores this medicated pain patch in more detail, including other available strengths, potential side effects, and general safety precautions.)