Fentanyl Patch in Children

Available by prescription only, the fentanyl patch (Duragesic®) is a medicated skin patch approved to treat persistent, moderate-to-severe chronic (long-lasting) pain. It should only be used to treat pain that is not adequately controlled with other pain medications and that requires continuous, around-the-clock treatment.
Children as young as two years old can use this medication. Before using fentanyl patches in children, talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks associated with this medication.
(For more information on using this medication in children, click What Is Fentanyl Patch Used For?. This article also takes a closer look at specific uses of this medicated skin patch and describes how the drug works to relieve pain.)
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