I was going to post this under the Pain Medication or Pain Management forum, but because I know a few of our members (friends) prefer to post solely on the Chronic Pain forum... I really value their input, as well.
Due to a recent insurance company change, it looks like I will be starting the Fentanyl patch either tomorrow or Friday. I am a little bit nervous about this, as the only extended release medication I have been on during my recovery is Oxycontin. Because our new insurance plan doesn't cover the cost of my Oxycontin and the out-of-pocket price for me is around $700.00 (this includes discount coupons), my main PM doctor and my pharmacist are working together to put me on something more affordable.
My pharmacist's first thought was Dilaudid, taken every 4 to 6 hours. My PM doctor wants me to continue on an extended release medication, so the decision has been made on trying the Fentanyl patch.
For those of you who have been on this, or are currently on this patch... where do you place this patch on your body? How well does it adhere and do you need to cover it when you take a shower?
Also, how long did it take for the medication to start taking effect? I have always taken my Oxycontin every 8 hours and I'm just wondering if I should plan on needing to take my maximum dose of break-thru medication the first day, etc.
Any advice you may have for me is greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to share your stories with me.
This is a really quick change going on for me and again, I would appreciate any tips or suggestions you may have.
Thank you in advance,
P.S. I apologize to the mods for not posting this under the proper forum, but as I stated... some of our members only post under this forum. I know Jon (terror) takes Fentanyl lollipops and would appreciate hearing from him and the others. This is all so sudden and I'm getting kind of nervous over here.