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SHould I try Fentenal Patch?

dmoonchildddmoonchild Posts: 383
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Pain Medications
Im on Oxycontin 40 mg 2x day and vicoden 7.5 4 x a day. These were working great along with my epidural injection I had on Aug 27. But now the epi has worn off, Im back in work full time where I sit all day and I am in excrutiating pain. The vicodin does NOTHING for me. The Oxy works great but that wears off by 10:00am from me sitting. I see my PM DR on Oct 21st. Is it possible to take the oxy 3 x's a day or would the patch be a better option for me. I cant go out of work again or I WILL be fired no doubts about that. Im on thin ice now.


  • Thanks Deb, I know I will never be totally pain free I just want it so I can continue to work and not feel like crying all day because of the pain. By 10:00am everyday I could just lay down and cry. Im up every 10 min and I also lay on the floor at work. I cant get comfortable. I hate to have to increase my meds.
  • Hi There,

    Trial and error I am afraid..you need to be clear and honest with your employer and say that you are likely to be trying new meds and until they find one that helps, please can they give you some grace. You will do your best...blah blah..

    In UK we have disability discrimination act to help protect us, not sure where you are in the world, you must have something to throw at a less than sympathetic employer?

    See what the doctors suggest and have a try. Side effects versus theraputic effect, if any and how much that may be.
    Remember we are all different and respond different to these meds.

    You never said what was the cause of your pain?

    I wish you luck. Be open to their suggestions. >:D<
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  • I have DDD, severe stenosis, 3 herniated disks, 2 bulging disks. I was out of work April to MAy and then again July to Sept 29th. I have used all allowable time. When I asked my Dr for a retun to work letter he said I was crazy, ( not really crazy crazy) but willing to try to work with everything in my back. I consulted with 3 surgeans who all said NO WAY would they touch me too much damage. I applied for SSDIsability but that takes so long and because I went back to work it may be impossible.
  • :T I would consult with your PCP and EXHAUST all avenues before I even though about using the Fentanyl Patch. I have been prescribed almost the whole gambit of pain medications and the "Patch" was the absolute worst. Different strokes for different folks. Educate yourself to wits end before you make this step. Now I'm seeing tons of ambulance chasers begging for the relatives of those who have died from this medication to call their firm to "cash" in. This should speak volumes.
  • I personal used the Fentynal Patch for about 4 months when I was unable to swallow any pills and I have to say it was comparable to my pain meds. even though by the end of second day the effectiveness wore off so I changed mine every 60 hours instead of 72, with the doctors okay.
    When I was able to swallow a bit better I gradually got off patch and took my pain pills again.
    I started off with 25mg and that did not cut it went to 50mg and that was the lucky number for me.
    I read somewhere I believe on board (could be wrong) but you can put on belly area huh I'm not sure about that but I did see it somewhere and if that is the truth that would of been nice to know back in the day when I used the patch. In school we were taught upper arms and upper back, and to rotate areas with every change.
    Of coarse this is only my experience with the patch and every one is different.
    thanks Patsy
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  • hurtzallot said:
    ... Now I'm seeing tons of ambulance chasers begging for the relatives of those who have died from this medication to call their firm to "cash" in. ...
    Do you have any links you could posts that reference this?

  • I made a mistake on dose of patch it should read 25mcg and 50mcg not mg sorry
  • www.usdrugrecall.com/category/medical-devices/duragesic-pain-patch-48k-

  • I did see a commercail on TV for that today.Now I have nothing good or bad to say about the duragesic pain patch.It is the patch that my brother used-however he abused it,and is not a good example.The commercail said fentanyl(sp),but the link (above) says duragesic.Are they the same thing..I could look it up but busy with something else right now.

    The commercail mentioned 'faulty' patches that can be 'fatal'.I have seen this commercail a few times in the past couple days on both MSNBC and FOX (I switch-lol).I was not actually watching the TV,but was surfing on the pc and heard it in the background so I cannot quote it.
  • The current ambulance chasing is just a typical make-a-buck response to the recent voluntary recalls, which were the result of production issues with the patch delivery system, not problems specifically with the drug.

    Lawyers are simply taking advantage of the existing fear of opiates and the convenience of recalls that received press coverage. Ironically, the recalls only rated press coverage as a result of society's fear of opiates; after all, baseless fears can't be perpetuated unless those opportunities are seized and fully exploited.

    I agree that Fentanyl patches are among the best long-acting medications, but they come with a different set of responsiblities. If you review the information the FDA website, you find that most of the problems with the patches come from inappropriate prescribing by the physician or improper use by patients.

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