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If your healthcare provider has prescribed fentanyl patches (Duragesic®) to treat chronic pain, you may be wondering when and how to use this medicated skin patch. Some directions for using fentanyl patches include the following:
 
  • 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.
 
  • Do not cut fentanyl patches, or use cut or damaged patches. Doing so may cause too much of the medication to be released from the patch, potentially leading to an overdose.
 
  • You should avoid anything that heats the skin while using this medication, such as tanning beds, heating pads, or hot baths. Increases in body temperature can cause too much of the medication to be passed into the body, potentially leading to an overdose.
 
(Click Fentanyl Patch Dosage for more directions on how to safely and effectively use this medicated skin patch. This Web selection also offers some important dosing guidelines, including tips on avoiding an accidental overdose of this drug.)
 
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