Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

If you have moderate-to-severe chronic pain that is not adequately controlled with other pain medications, a healthcare provider may prescribe the fentanyl patch (Duragesic®). This transdermal patch is applied to the skin every 72 hours and provides around-the-clock (continuous) pain relief.
The fentanyl patch is a strong, long-acting prescription opioid narcotic and should only be used in people who are already tolerant to the effects of opioid pain medications. The fentanyl patch is also a controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse.
Although most people tolerate fentanyl patches well, they are not suitable for everyone. Make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medicines you are taking (including vitamins and nonprescription drugs), as well as any other medical conditions you may have. Possible side effects include nausea, drowsiness, and constipation.
(For more information on using this transdermal medication, click Fentanyl Patch. This article also discusses how this skin patch works, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before using it.)
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