Fentanyl and heat

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Now, I know when it's better to take a couple of muscle relaxers and go laid down than keep going and making the pain worse. That really made a difference for me, because now I can use heat or ice and sometimes that works instead of having to take a pill. If I can catch it early enough I can avoid getting trigger points or making them worse. I go to the chiropractor and he has started doing acupuncture, and for me it really helps.
I have a pain history for years and was prescribed the Fentanyl patch by my family doctor as a last resort. He was trying anything he could to get me out of pain and added Vicodin as a break through medication. Each person is different when it comes to pain medication. The Fentanyl has a slow effect working on the system. It is hard to know it is working when you are in pain. Eventually it kicked in and all I did was sleep.
Hi everyone, so happy to find your site - I have been searching the web for a while now for help with my wife's problem, and hope someone can offer us advice, she was prescribed 25mg fentanyl in 2006 for pain from a spinal injury and gradually since then her patch strength has been increased as her condition worsened until she is now prescribed 200mg fentanyl, plus she has oramorph and diazepam on her repeat prescription for breakthrough pain, However during the last two months through sheer gr
I too tried coming off yesterday - Doc said it would be OK - after 5 hours I started getting shakes, an itching feeling under my skin and in my bones,nausea, sweating, a slight fever, unable to close my eyes and sleep, psychotic, I felt like dying, just so awful, a nightmare. I called the Doc he suggested cutting 25 mcg patch in half, so 12.5 mcg, and let that level me out. It is now 12 hours since I put this one on and I have calmed down a lot but still am a little shakey, itchy, restless etc.
I now have great pain in both areas. I do not know what to do. I am on fentanyl at 50 mcg every three days and about 4 percocets per day for break out pain. Really this does not stop my pain so I am at the point of thinking after a couple of years of being on oxy and now this to just get off it all. I am very scared that I am addicted. Since I am going to have a lot of pain either way I am wondering if I should just try and come off it all ? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I would also get cold sweats, heat flashes and my face would get distorted and get flushed. My pulse rate would get very low. My wife and anyone that happened to be present became alarmed at what they saw. I saw the frightened look in my wife; her eyes as if she was horrified. Several times I had to be transported by ambulance to the ER, once my pulse dropped so low and it could not be detected. They called a code blue {or red, I am not sure}.
It will tell you about the heat and what to avoid. There is too much info. to give you in the post so I urge you to read up on it. There are also some really great web sites regarding the Fentanyl. To answer you initial question, Yes, keep your arm covered and try and limit your exposure to the hot sunny days. The hot sun can make the Patch work in overdrive so be very careful.
Does anyone know if you remove the patch and leave it affixed to plastic, will the medicine seep out, and fade away? Or does it only release medication on your skin when in contact with heat?
he has put me on fentanyl patches 25mcg and oxycodone 10/325 3x a day for breakthrough pain. i havnt taken any of this med. yet. i am a lil aprehensive about taking the patches. it states on the package "for use with opiod tolerant patients" im not sure but i did a lil research and most people dont make the jump from hydocodone to fentanyl. most go to morpine oxycodone etc...
When I walked out (my kids were with me) I looked at the prescriptions and then my children and realized that I could take these prescriptions and find a new doctor or I could follow God’s lead and wean myself off of them. I truly believe God wanted her to find some drug I never took so she would check my prescriptions. It has to be. So, I turned around and gave her back the Fentalyn patch prescription and the Focalin prescription.
Together hydrocodone and Fentanyl increase sedation. If you wish to be able to function, maybe you should use one or the other. I understand the need for something to allow us to be able to lessen the difficulty of functioning with pain. Taking those together will possibly not allow you to function at all. I checked drug interactions and there is a moderate warning as to taking them together.
I saw my pain doctor today and he put me on Fentanyl patch 25mgs every 72 hours. I have read all the papers on it and searched it on the internet. If there is any info on the patch that you don't read on the paperwork I was wondering if you could share. I put it on about a hour ago. My pharmacy gave me some things to go over the patch so it don't get wet, she said I can also buy them she gave me 2 of them.
I am currently on 30mgs. of instant release oxycodone 3 times a day,and 75 mcgs. Fentanyl patch.I havenever used the patch before.I am ok with the 1st 48 hours of the patch ,but the last 24 hours,or every 3rd day my pain comes back.So he recently wrote for the 75mcg patch to be used every 48 hours.Has anyone had the same problem as me with the patch not being effective on the 3rd day?,and if so what happend with you?
I decided I didn't want to be on it or anything anymore, and had just moved so I didn't have a doctor to wean me down. I was on 75mcg I think, and took my patch off, and felt fine for like almost 3 days. Then i wanted to DIE!!! I felt like I was going to pass out, my heart raced, I sweated, I was so amazingly sick!! I was at a new job, and really couldn't leave, so I had someone go to the place I was staying and get one of my patches.
I was on methadone for pain for several years prior to the fentanyl...it was effective and did not sap my energy and will to live the way fentanyl does. I was also capable of being compliant on it. Just something else to think about, if you have to have something for pain.
I see my dr on the 5th and we'll see if we up the dose. I did a switch from ms contin to the fentanyl patch and I like the way fentanyl works on my pain, it's better and fewer side effects for me.
All or most of us still have pain even with our pain medications. It is just controlled. Regarding heat and the Fentanyl Patch. You should be able to bath. Brief sits in a jacuzzi should be allowed if your body temperature does not raise to 104 and your patch is not heated. Talk to your pharmacist to clarify the specifics of how you can use heat on your body, away from the patch location.
Will my pharmacist replace a fentanyl patch that got cut? I was opening it up and cut the wrapper like an idiot but my hands hurt too bad to tear it open. Anyway I cut a good sized hole in it and the gel started leaking everywhere so I hurried and flushed the patch so I didnt get gel everywhere. I'm only 23 so doctors and pharmacists are already curious if I'm making excuses to "drug seek". I just dont know how to approach the situation or if I'm S.O.L.
I really hope that the members who use the Fentanyl patch and who read this undestand that putting the patch on in a warm place is not a good idea. It will make the medicine go into the blood stream faster than it would normally. Please stick to the arm or chest. It is in your best interest. Thanks....
Yes, it is a fast taper. I violated my pain contract and got fired. I had lost two patches last month due to a heat and high humidy streak here. I lost them in my bed, they got the fuzzies from my sheets stuck on them and were useless. I ended up in the ER three days later in full blown w/d's. I have been through w/ds and usualy, it was manable. But never from fentayl.
I still have my bad days but find I can get by with a couple of tylenol arthritis and a lot of heat. Communicating with your doctor and being honest and open and realizing that YOU are in charge of your recovery is important. You may want to talk to the doc about switching from the patch to another long acting opiate that is easier to taper (this is what I did) I know the road ahead seems long but I promise it's worth it. And so are you(: There is amazing support here...Keep posting...
For example the one I had on Thursday got red, burning, and swollen and is now gone (i wear for 48hours) but you can still see outline on the skin of where the reaction was and it is flaky. It seems to be getting worse and I have been trying Claritin in the day and Benadryl at night and topical. I am thinking I am going to have to call Dr and discontinue. I am wondering if it is getting worse because the heat here. It is almost in the 90's now here in Iowa!
I use lidoderm patches, Voltaren gel, a compounding cream, exercise, ibuprofen and ice and heat for the pain. I've done a lot of procedures, some which helped for a bit and others not at all. There's also a pain management forum here that you may find helpful. It used to be very active with a lot of regulars, like here. Over the past couple of years it has sort of become hit or miss, which is a shame. Still, you may get some help as far as your pain goes on that forum.
This is very dangerous from the aspect that the Fentanyl Patch delivers more medication the warmer it becomes. Heat and the patch do not mix and it can become a life threatening situation. Hope this helps... and again please contact your PCP.
Please keep in mind that all meds affect people differently. And fentanyl patches have been a godsend for many. I'm not one of the many. Because of the extreme fatigue and it quit stopping the pain, I had to get off it. It was not unusual for me to sleep 14 hours a day. It didn't work out at all for me. But that in no way implies it won't work for you. You probably will get over the fatigue. The patch coming off was a problem for me as well.
hi there i have already posted a not but none replied to it, im now on day 4 of my fentanyl and hydracodiene withdrawal going cold turkey i have went through utter hell the past few days with restless legs, agitation, diarrhea gut ache, pain and sobbing my eyes out rocking my self back and forth trying to stop the feeling which is every second of every day, but i am determined to stop this totally, the patches etc were affecting my breathing and heart, ending up in hospital nearly dying needing
HI All, I have been on the Mylan 75mcg fentanyl patch for almost a month now. Im having a bit of a problem this last patch change. I change my patch every three days. I change it in the morning after my shower (I do this after my shower so I can take a nice hot shower and not have the patch over release due to heat that I read about) The morning my last patch was due to be changed, I woke about 5:00am in the beginings of withdrawels. It was very uncomfortable.
I thought they were from the combination of the Fentanyl and the oxycodone, but now I'm thinking it's just the Fentanyl. Anyone else have these issues?
) also fentanyl in my opinion is not as strong as doctors say it is and its effectivness as a strong painkiller is inferior to morphine and especially dipipanone (stronger than oxycodone) and diamorphine. What it is fentanyl is about 80times more concentrated than morphine not 80 times stronger !!! ie 100mcg of iv fentanyl is equal to about 7 or 8mg of i v morphine !!!!
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