Precautions and Warnings With Fentanyl Patch
Who Should Not Use a Fentanyl Patch?You should not use fentanyl patches if you:
- Are allergic to Duragesic, fentanyl, or any of the inactive components used to make the medication. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
- Have not already been taking another opioid medication and are not opioid tolerant.
- Need pain medication only for acute pain (for a short period of time).
- Only need pain management for pain from surgery or other medical or dental procedures.
- Are experiencing mild pain.
- Only need intermittent ("as needed") pain relief.
- Have significant respiratory depression (slow or ineffective breathing due to a variety of causes).
- Have paralytic ileus (a bowel obstruction).
Final ThoughtsThere are a number of situations in which the fentanyl patch should not be used, along with several warnings and precautions people should be aware of before beginning treatment. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific safety concerns that may apply to you.