Fentanyl gel abuse

Common Questions and Answers about Fentanyl gel abuse


Avatar m tn 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.
Avatar n tn I began taking it even when I did not need it for pain and became addicted and tolerant to the medication... About 5 months ago, I got on Fentanyl Patches at 25mcg then increased it to 50, and now am on 75... I need to get off this and tried last month and I couldn't, it was too hard... My question is, what is the right way to get off of the Fentanyl without wanting to die. I am a registered nurse and am getting my nurse practitioner degree and will be done with my masters degree shortly...
1310633 tn?1430227691 I was lurking in the Pain Management forums and someone mentioned that they've changed the way the Fentanyl patch is manufactured. They no longer have that gel stuff on the inside that you can squeeze/suck out (so I learned when I was in rehab). They now put the Fentanyl directly into the adhesive that sticks the patch to your skin.
Avatar m tn The original one is a kind of a pouch filled with gel. The other is a flat patch that has the fentanyl embedded in the adhesive. It looks like a piece of Scotch tape. Mylan is one manufacturer of the flat patches and I've had the best results from that one vs. any of the gel pouch patches. They stick better and actually last the full 3 days. Everyone is different though, so just bear in mind that there are options out there if you have trouble with the one you're currently using.
Avatar f tn 5/500 mg Hydrocdone a day. The pain management doctor wants me to use the 25 mcg. fentanyl patch, but my Rhumetalogist seemed to have a strong reaction to this and the pharmacy treated me as if I am a druggie when I went to pick it. I worry about taking medication, but don't know what else to do for the pain. Does anyone out there use Fentanyl? Is it as addictive as they say? Should I worry about the amount of hydrocodone I'm taking. By the way everyone acts, I feel like a druggie...
3039221 tn?1340464800 What is your best med for breakthrough pain while using hte Fentanyl gel patch (100 mcg)?
Avatar f tn It also dispensed too quickly leaving me dizzy and out of it the first day, fine on the second day and beginning withdrawal on the third day. There is also more potential for abuse with the gel patch (which I won't enumerate here). Prolonged raised body temperature can cause the patch to dispense too quickly. Taking a normal bath or shower isn't a problem, but lounging in a hot jacuzzi tub for an hour or more IS a problem.
Avatar f tn There are some brands of Fentanyl patches that are flat and can be cut. The gel-filled ones should never be cut as it can release all the medication at once and cause an overdose. On the upside, you are on a fairly low dose of the patch.
Avatar m tn Based on the little information I know, at day five you are probably through the worst. In the first 17 hours, there is 50% decrease in serum fentanyl concentrations. It's neither a quick or easy process. Symptoms of Fentanyl withdrawal can include: anxiety, irritability, confusion, tremors, sweating, muscle aches, stuffy or runny nose, abdominal pain and rapid breathing There is a lot of information on the net. Warm baths and exercise can be helpful.
Avatar f tn Were you taking anything for breakthrough pain while on the Fentanyl? Why are you comimg off the Fentanyl and is your doctor on board with it? Did you ever abuse your meds? Are you planning on comimg off all your meds or just the Fentanyl? How do you plan to treat your pain in the future? Lastly, do you have any underlying health issues like hihh blood pressure or cardiac issues? Sorry for all tje questions but knowing thayt information will help us help you.
906738 tn?1251014078 It takes a long time for the Fentanyl to leave the system. It has a very long 1/2 life. If you are using the Fentanyl on a regular basis and then stop abruptly only using the Norco, your body is going to react in an unpleasant way. Fentanyl is very strong and Norco cannot replace that. Strange......... Well, I guess I don't have any answers for you at this point.
Avatar n tn I know you and most responders believe that putting a piece of fentanyl (the- non gel type) under you're tongue is dangerous. I agree if the piece is the equivalent of 50mcs. Less if you don't have a high tolerance. But by measuring the amts of mm's, one can easily determine how much is being absorbed. Please don't hold that against me, but I have been doing so for 10 or more yrs. I found it to be more efficient, and not waisting it while you sleep. It takes about 20 mins.
Avatar m tn I had a lot of problems with them falling off also. I now place them on the flat part of my breast and the patch I use does NOT have the gel in a reservoir. It has helped a lot. Just make sure you change breast and spot you put them on. Hope this helps.
Avatar n tn As far as the Mylan style, the fentanyl is in a solid gel matrix, and the patches are manufactured by simply cutting them out of a sheet, so cutting them further should not be a problem.
Avatar n tn I've experienced it myself, mostly with the gel patches. That is a well-documented problem with the fentanyl patch. Rather than increase the dose, doctors have found thant changing the patch a day early answers that problem. Of course, a 48-hour change is not warranted for people who are new to the patch or don't experience withdrawal symptoms on the third day. I also agree that many doctors well-schooled in opiate therapy for chronic, non-malignant pain.
Avatar f tn I have been on fentanyl for the past five years. I also take Norco 10/325, ambien10, and clonidine. I 've had two back surgeries the last one year ago. Oh the amount of fentanyl I've been using for the past year and a half has been 200 mcg every 48 hours. The injury was a workers comp, issue and the insurance company is the worst out there I think. Anyway since May they have been trying to deny my meds. Since July they have denied my fentanyl all together.
951195 tn?1315694029 i have been on the fentanyl patch for 4mths now because of chronic pain. i started at 12.5 then within a month i was up'd to 37.5 i still have chronic pain and a lot a breakthru pain for which i take tylenol 3 and clonazepam (for spasms). i want to stop the patch because it does not work for me .... can i stop cold turkey ... so far i have got myself down to 25 and am prepared to drop to 12.5 but what process would i follow .. how many 12 patches would i apply before stopping completely.
1271743 tn?1320896061 From time to time the FDA recalls misc brands and strengths of the fentanyl patch. My question doesn't ditrectly relate to recall but I normally get the Duragesic brand name patches or generic Sandoz brand. These patches had a gel inside and was secreated through the adhevise into the skin. The patches now no longer are made with the gel inside. They are made like the Mylan patches . The first week of the change I hurt so much worse... almost like I did have a patch on at all.
1934087 tn?1360478607 Coming off Fentanyl should be done very, very slowly. I'm not sure what type of patch you're on. The gel-filled ones cannot be cut but the ones that are sort of like a thin film can. I know JayBay has a lot of knowledge on this and hopefully she will respond to your post. I came off the Fentanyl patch last year. I did it a little too quickly and had some drawn-out mild to moderate withdrawals. I also used my BT medication to help me come off it.
387767 tn?1345875627 There are two kinds of patches. One is a pouch containing a gel mixed with the fentanyl. If that kind of patch is cut, the gel leaks out and dosage is no longer controlled. If that patch is compromised while wearing it, yes, overdose is a possibility if the gel comes into contact with your skin. The other kind of patch looks like a flat piece of clear tape. The fentanyl is embedded in the adhesive so if it's cut, there is nothing to leak out.
5135507 tn?1367166827 I'm not sure how long it lasts I would guess the worse of it 2 weeks. I just stopped using fentanyl patches the end of feb. I had to go 24 hours without a patch before I started suboxone. That was the only way I could get off the nasty patches!!!! I feel so bad for you it is pure hell. I have been told its the 2nd hardest thing to w/d from :( I'm currently weaning off the subs I have w/d but no where near the fentanyl w/d. Look up the Thomas recipe that helps people a lot.
Avatar f tn Hello Everyone, I'm so happy that this place exists, and I commend you all for your bravery and honesty. I started off taking 5 mg of Vicodin for intense back, neck, hip, ankle pain which occurred out of nowhere in March of '08. Well, Vicodin has always been my weakness, and since the pain continued for months, I worked my way up to Norco 10 mg, 5 times a day.
614661 tn?1267277524 Hi all, I am looking for information regarding the Fentanyl Patch. I have been on the patches for about a year now after trying many other types of Pain Medication. I am interested in the long term affects of using the patch, risks while using the patch and any other feedback would be appreciated. Thanks much. Oz...
Avatar m tn Have had ovr 30 surgeries, 6 last 6 mos. am on multiple meds & after 15 yrs am now abusing them. I want off them but sooo scared of withdrawal & terrible pain I'll be in. RXs incl fentanyl patch 75mcg, 7.5 Norco every 4 hrs, klonipen, Buspar, backlofen, halcyon, Zoloft, Remeron, steroids, levothyroxin, phenergan, Benadryl, Imitrex, Trazedone. I'm now supplementing with some vodka.
82861 tn?1333457511 I guess I'm just not devious enough because these practices never once crossed my mind. With all the abuse of the gel patches going on, I wonder how long it will be before the DEA bans them? Mylan pharmaceuticals makes the patches I prefer. Instead of a gel reservoir, the fentanyl is embedded in the adhesive. Less chance of abuse that way, but no doubt someone out there has already figured out a way to do it.
Avatar f tn Oxycantin does not come in a gel form. The only gel form narcotic that I'm aware of is the Fentanyl patch. These start in the 12.5 mcg/hr. formula and goes up to 100mcg's so maybe you could explain it better. Anyway, don't worry about generic, in my opinion, it is just as good as the name brand.
1279189 tn?1275248468 And these horror stories of death and OD's that we hear of, occur most frequently with the elderly and those that seek to extract the actual Fentanyl base serum out of the gel and alcohol packs to, "GET HIGH" !!! Now the older folks aren't junkies, they just take those hot baths, forget when they put the last patch on, and sometimes for consecutive days, which leads to respiratory or Cardiac Arrest.
Avatar f tn As we know their are a few that will abuse the goodness of the Pain Dr. If the Fentanyl patch is working and your not in need of the oxycodone then just tell the Dr. Tell the Dr. you don't need it daily and that you are happy to have the oxycodone when needed. Sometimes just knowing it is there truely helps.The Dr. will be pleased and will feel he has done his job. It sounds like your over thinking the Contract. Pain Dr.