Duragesic is most commonly prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain. Duragesic releases fentanyl, which is a very potent opioid. The patient can get 72 hours of pain relief with just one patch because it is released slowly through the skin.
Some physicians may instruct their patients to use more than a single patch at the time. This will enable them to receive a much higher range of dosages.
In addition to prescribing Duragesic, some physicians may also suggest using a drug called, dextromethorphan, to help with the symptoms of withdrawal a user may experience. Dextromethorphan is a cough syrup that can be purchased over-the-counter.
The Serious Risk of Adverse Duragesic Reactions
It is very important that you apply the patches correctly and as prescribed due to the serious risk of adverse drug reactions, it is also very important to for those using this drug to avoid increase exposure to the sun or other sources of heat. These heat sources could trigger an increase in the release of medication, which could result in life-threatening effects. Some side effects of Duragesic abuse may include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Risk of addiction or symptoms of physical dependency and withdrawal if use is stopped abruptly
- Life threatening respiratory depression, called hypoventilation
- and even death
The brand name drug Duragesic and also the generic brand have caused deaths and overdoses in patients in July 2005, the FDA issued a public health advisory. Those who may have an opiate tolerance, should only be prescribed fentanyl patches for short-term treatment of mild to moderate pain. Although you can feel relief within hours, the full benefits of pain relief from the patches may take 4 to 10 days.
In February of 2004, one lot of Duragesic patches were recalled because of breaches in the seal, which could allow Duragesic to actually leak from the patch.
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