Precautions and Warnings With Fentanyl Patch

If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, make sure to discuss this with your healthcare provider before starting treatment with the fentanyl patch. Other warnings with this skin patch include safety precautions concerning potential drug interactions. You may not be able to use this medicated patch at all if you have certain medical conditions or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using a Fentanyl Patch?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using a fentanyl patch (Duragesic®) 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:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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