Where Do You Put a Fentanyl Patch on Your Body?

If your healthcare provider has prescribed fentanyl patches (Duragesic®) for pain relief, you may have questions about how to use this medication. For instance, you may be wondering, "Where do you put a fentanyl patch on your body?"
Apply one fentanyl patch to any intact, non-irritated flat skin surface, such as the upper arm, chest, back, or side. Hair at the skin site should be clipped, not shaved. The skin site may be cleansed beforehand with clear water. Allow the skin to dry completely before applying the patch.
In children or those with cognition problems, the patch should be placed on the upper back. This helps reduce the chance that the patch will be removed and swallowed.
Each patch is worn continuously for three days (72 hours). After three days, the old patch is removed and a new one is applied to a different skin site. A fentanyl patch should be applied immediately after removing the patch from its sealed package.
(Click Fentanyl Patch Dosage for more details on where to put this patch on your body and other important tips for safely using this medication.)
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