Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderTalk with your healthcare provider prior to using a fentanyl patch if you have:
- A history of drug or alcohol dependence or abuse
- Ever had breathing problems, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other lung diseases
- Paralytic ileus (a condition in which food does not move through the intestines as normal, leading to intestinal obstruction or blockage)
- A head injury, brain tumor, or increased pressure around the brain
- Had a stroke
- Ever had a seizure
- Problems urinating
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Gallbladder or pancreas disease
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A slow heart rate or abnormal heart rhythm
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Duragesic and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Duragesic and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Fentanyl Patch to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)