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Fentanyl How Long?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:35 AM in Chronic Pain
I just started the Fentanyl this evening about 5:30 PM 75 mg.

My Dr. told me today that I would notice a big difference within 1 hr.

The only thing I have "noticed" is the 7 trips to the restroom in just 2 hrs of time :jawdrop:

I don't feel well at all. I am very cold - which is very unusual for me. I just feel like crap. I am "hoping" I picked up a bug somewhere and that this is not all from the new patch ( never been on it before ).

How long until your patch started to work for you with your pain please?



  • It takes about 8 hours for mine to "kick in" after a change.

    When you first start them, it can take up to 3-4 patch change cycles (a week to 10 days) before it reaches it's full therapeutic effect. :)))

    What meds were you on prior to starting the patch?
  • What meds were you on before changing to the patch? When was the last time that you took them? It may be that you are experiencing a little withdrawal from your previous meds while the fentanyl patch has been applied and it has not reached it's peak just yet.
    It takes about 18 hours for most to reach it's peak effectiveness, not an hour.
    If you have any more questions, you can PM me.
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  • My Thanks to both of you :)

    I was on Opana 20 mg every 12. Which did almost nothing for my pain levels. Opana took my pain levels from a 10 to maybe a 8 but most of the time I did not even get that good of results :(

    Hence the reason for the Fentanyl patch now.

    It has kicked in - a little. I did not wake up in a level of 10 pain, which I normally do. I would say it's about a 7 level. I did finally go and take some Vicdein ( sp ? )as I am greedy and want more relief lol.

    I have read/heard about people chewing on these things and all kinds of weird stuff to get high from them - I don't get the big deal of that. There is no high from this :??

    18 hrs to 10 days huh?? BIG difference from the 1 hr that my Dr told me.......grrrrr. I was setting and watching the time for an hour to pass.

    Thankfully the bathroom trips are settled down.
    I am wearing it on my stomach so maybe that added to the whole bathroom thing - not sure.

    OK so I will just be grateful for the relief I now have and hope more comes as time passes - Thanks again :)

  • I have been on the patch for almost a year. I would like to advise you to watch out for a period of sleepiness. I put mine on and usually within a day I have about 6 hours that I am incredibly sleepy. So sleepy that I do not leave home. I just wanted to warn you that it can happen and I didnt want you in a car driving somewhere or out for the day and have it hit you. It doesnt always do that, but it can. And never using them I just wanted you to be aware. Hope it goes well for you.
  • Oh boy - Thanks ! Last night I did get really tired about 4 hrs into the patch being put on, but assumed it was all stress from the long day and the bathroom trips - ya know ;)

    It still may have been from all that. I will be keeping a CLOSE eye on that - thank you !!!!! ♥
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  • You're welcome. But I think the sleepiness last night was probably from being tired. The patch takes quite a while to get into your system. Thus the warning for the next days ahead. It took maybe two days before I really felt the pain releif from the patch and the second and third one worked better. ake sure to change them at close to the same time as when you put it on. It keeps the level the same. I just know it can really knock me out, especially since I have such sleep problems with my pain. If yo have any questions, please feel free to PM me.
  • You know reading your post makes me think back. AFTER the dr. told me 1 hr, then later as I was leaving I said "so how long should I give this before I call you if it is not working"? He said 2 to 3 patches!!!!! grrrrr I was not thinking that 1 hr does not equal 2 to 3 patches lol duhhh :?

    Thanks again !!!
  • I was given the patch two weeks ago by my Dr. for a trip I had to take by car. I usually have a one hr. car limit. The patch was on two days before the trip and it worked wonders for me. I was uncomfortable being a passenger as I will not drive on narcotics. But the whole week away was great, the best week I've had in years. I experienced alot of sleepiness. But it was worth it! I even slept five hrs, straight through the night. Unfortunately now it is not working as well as it did. I have a high tolerance for pain meds, as I am sure we all do. I was also on Morphine prn. The only meds I took before was vicodin. Lots of them. I am very grateful to this site for the info I am getting. I will be starting pain mgt. soon, and now I have some knowledge of different medications. Thank you all...

    Spinal Fusion L4-5 Perm S-1 nerve damage lots of numbness and pain in left leg. Pain level in a.m. 9-10. Just plain tired of it all. A couple of weeks off was heaven!!
  • I am counting ! I sure hope I get something from this patch SOON.

    Will I notice the pain reduce greatly all at once, or will it be gradual?

    It has been 29 hrs since I put it on.... and nothing so far.

    Many here have told me to give it as long as 2 or 3 patch changes before it works fully - I keep hoping I am not one of those who have to wait that long :|

    I am chewing through the vicodin that was given to me for the breakthroughs - not good ! ~X( (sigh )
  • Thanks kyapup :)

    I am sorry your patches did not keep working for you and hope soon you find something that does.

    I agree this site is GREAT!!!!! :D

    I hope at some point I can offer the help I have received here to someone else.
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