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Fentanyl Patch & Swimming

AnonymousUserAnonymousUser Posts: 51,513
edited 06/11/2012 - 1:35 PM in Chronic Pain
I just got put on the Fentanyl patch ( 75 mcg ) last night. I have tons of questions.

My biggest one is about swimming.

1. How to keep it "dry" enough it won't fall off?

2. Is my PT indoor pool too hot ? It is kept a 92 to 94 degrees. * The info from the drug company says not to go in a heated pool.

3. If I wrap the patch won't it induce heat which can give me a larger//unsafe amount of the med.? I have read to wrap it in saran wrap to Tegaderm wraps - someone even posted to use DUCT tape lol - hey it might work ;))

SO I called the drug company directly myself ( watson ). I spoke with their Dr. worth less!!!!!! This is what I was told.
"we do not have studies done that would answer any of your questions". "The only thing I can tell you is to use first-aid tape around the edges". PERIOD!!!!

SO can someone here PLEASE help me out on my questions?

Thanks, Beth :)
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  • Aqua Therapy is about all I can do right now - so I really need to find these answers quickly ( I hope ).

    Thanks, Beth :)
  • A therapy pool is ok. Just not a hot tub. Also there are bioclousive bandaids that are clear and will keep it from falling off in shower and pools. I use them all the time to keep mine on. They are clear and same as tagaderm. I dont remove them until I change patch.
  • I can't help you myself, sorry. But I was wondering if you could ask your pharmacist, PT person and/or dr. office for their advice since they are the people directly helping you. I always think of questions too late, after I leave the dr. or PT,etc. too, so I know how hard it is to get answers sometimes. Maybe another member will have more knowledge to help you. In the meantime, maybe some phone calls will help you...good luck!

    Kathy
  • Robin - and they don't create heat on you? My big fear is the heat creating the meds to go in to my body more and/or quicker then they should.

    LB - good idea, but no one at the Dr or drug place wants to answer me and be "responsible.
    I too am hoping someone here can help.
    :??
    Thanks, Beth :)
  • They are what I got from Duragesic for use with their patches, Duragesic is a brand name and they were to expensive, so I also use generics now. They sent them to me for use with thier patches. No problems. It covers it completely.
    They are kind of like the patches you get put over your I.V. port in the hospital. Just clear tape.
  • Thank You SO much Robin !!!!! :)

    I truly appreciate all your help >:D<
  • Beth, I've been swimming in a therapy pool 3 days a week for about a year and a half and I've never taped/covered my patches (I wear more than one a lot of the time) - or needed to. In fact, I've never had a patch fall off as a direct result of swimming.

    I lost one while I was in the shower, rinsing a deep conditioning treatment out of my hair because the pool dries it out so much, but I don't really count that as a direct result of swimming. ;)

    In the beginning, I was also concerned about the pool temperature and the heat issue, so I took all the info to my Dr. The pool I swim in is kept around 91-93 degrees in the summer and 93-96 in the winter. They keep the pH around 7.2-7.4 and the chlorine level at 3-5. He assured me those parameters were fine for the patch and I'm still alive, so he must have been right.

    Believe it or not, regular swimming in the pool has actually helped my patches stick better over long-term, because the chlorine removes so much of the natural oils from my skin and dries it out. That's something to remember if you're a frequent lotioner - avoid putting lotion on the the sites you use for your patch rotation and they'll stick better. :D

    It's kind a funny timing to me on the question, since I just got home from the pool... :))(
  • Thanks Bionic Woman. I feel much much better hearing this from some one who does swim therapy :)

    Can I ask about how long you are in the pool?

    I am in about 45 - 55 minutes each time.

    Thanks for reminding me about the lotions! No more skin so soft in the patch area for me.

    Thanks, Beth :)
  • I also do swim therapy. I am in the pool on average an hour 3 times a week. Bionic woman is right about loition, but I have had alot of problem with patches staying stuck. That is why I always cover mine with the bioclusive . I have tried leaving it off, and have wasted patches with them falling off. Maybe it is my skin, but I just wanted to warn you. If you go on the duragesic fentanyl patch web sitem it will give you alot of info. Hope this helps.
  • I'm usually in the pool for about 2 hours, 3 days a week. About 90 minutes of that is spend doing water aerobics/cardio exercises and/or swimming laps; the rest of the time is doing stretching, strengthening exercises, or sometimes just floating around on a noodle being lazy and enjoying the warm water. :D

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