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Fentanyl Skin Patches
Why is this medication prescribed?
Fentanyl skin patches are used to relieve chronic pain associated with cancer and other diseases.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Fentanyl skin patches are applied to the skin. The patch usually is changed every 3 days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Apply fentanyl patches exactly as directed.
Fentanyl can be habit-forming. Do not apply a larger dose, apply it more often, or for a longer period than your doctor tells you to.
To apply the patch, follow the directions provided by the manufacturer and these steps:
If a patch accidentally comes off or if the skin under the patch becomes irritated, remove the patch and replace it with a new one in a different area; be sure that this new skin area is clean and dry.
Do not remove a skin patch from its protective pouch or remove the protective backing until just before applying it. Do not use a patch if the pouch or backing has been broken or damaged.
Dispose of all used (and any leftover unused) patches immediately. Fold each patch in half with the sticky sides together (after removing the protective strip from each unused patch), and flush it down the toilet.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using fentanyl skin patches,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed skin patch as soon as you remember it. Leave it on for 3 days and then replace it. Do not wear two patches at once.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from fentanyl skin patches are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
If you experience either of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed by flushing it down the toilet.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
You may bathe and swim while wearing a fentanyl skin patch.
If you develop a fever while using fentanyl skin patches, call your doctor. Your dose may need to be adjusted.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT