• Fetanyl Patch for pain.

    Asked by gdytko on Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Fetanyl Patch for pain.

    After my surgery, I have had Cronic Pain. Nerve damage and scar tissue issues. I'm switching from the horrible Oxycodone pills to the Fetanyl patch. I'm worried it won't help. I have heard some good things about the patch and I am curious if anyone else has done similar, for Cronic pain treatment? Or any suggestions for something else? Thanks

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I havent had to use that, but my father did. He had prostate cancer, spread to lungs, bladder, bones. We took care of him in hospice care, when his pain got to a point that the pain meds weren't working they put that on. For a longer smoother control. She told us the patch would take a day or so to get into his system, then it would slowly release and keep it in his system. Rather than having the up and down spikes that pills or shots seem to have. He done better with it.

      Hope you find something that works for you! Keep fighting it.

      over 8 years ago
    • threejs' Avatar

      My husband has used them for a few months now with stage 3 esophageal cancer and it is great for managing the pain consistently. He changes them every 3 days and has only had some localized tumor pain. He was having a hard time swallowing so they used the patch and added to the dosage until it was regulated and under control. He has three patches in 100mg, 50 mg, and 25 mg. Once he is on the other side of this treatment, we expect to taper down the amount by removing the lower doses one at a time. We have found that covering the patches with a Tegaderm dressing like they use when they cover an IV, really helps seal it on the skin and through showering.

      over 8 years ago
    • dvdbriansr's Avatar
      dvdbriansr (Best Answer!)

      Yes, I was forced to drop a morphine regiment and turn to the fentanyl patch for almost 2 years. They did Not help me much. However the most important thing you MUST keep in mind is that NO one drug works exactly the same for any two people. One person may have excellent results from a drug,while it may kill the next person it's used on. Much like the drug Lyrica to name one, there have been excellent results from a large number of patients, but, it shut my liver down completely, I went into total renal failure and spent the better part of 2 weeks in ICU. Go into it with a positive attitude and give it a chance as it will take time to build up an acceptable level in your blood and I wish you the best of luck with your Chronic as a 30+ year veteran of chronic pain I can tell you Chronic pain is a real drag to attempt to live with. All anyone can do is tell you of their own personal experience with different drugs, it will be up to you and unfortunately your pain management doc as to which to try. As for me, I've tried many, many different drugs at different doses, the best thing that worked for me was/is morphine sulfate instant release.

      over 8 years ago

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