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Fentanyl and adhesive allergy?

Registered_UserRRegistered_User Posts: 61
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:02 AM in Pain Medications
Hello all!

I have a well documented adhesive allergy, where even paper tape causes an itchy, blistery (new word!) mess after a couple of days. Plastic tape, tegaderm patches, and band aids create the same rash after ten minutes of contact. The rash lasts approximately ten days in either instance...and the mark that I get once the rash is no longer itchy remains for a couple of years. :'(

Now that everybody has some back story, I need opinions on the Fentanyl patch. Despite my allergy, we attempted the patch. I had the best pain control to date, for two days. The patch was like a hard band aid, and was not gel like in any way. I moved onto Roxicodone and have had some success, but not like the patch. I was even able to sleep on my side without my hip feeling like molten lava after ten minutes! I still can't get over the way it allowed me to sit, and lay down.

I keep seeing where people have one that is like gel. Are the ones like that still likely to cause a reaction?

Thank you!


  • [Tap...tap...tap]

    Is this thing on?


    :rolls silently away, head down:
  • I break out from adhesives quite badly. I've used both the gel and solid fentayl. I find the gel type to be much worse than the solid ones.

    Don't know if this will help cause everyone is different, but that's my story anyways.
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  • Thanks for the response!

    If the gel is worse than the solid ones...I'm sunk. That's too bad because with fentanyl I was able to sleep on my side, for a whole hour! For me this is AMAZING! I can only lay on my side (on the hip) for about 30 seconds before the pain becomes extreme and I can't sit criss-cross applesauce (that's PC for Indian style, my son taught me that phrase) at all without extreme pain in the same area. Oh well. Worth a try. Again thank you for responding, it's appreciated.
  • I am a dibetic and a F patch user - not a good mixture as I am also very sensitive to tapes etc. My skin break downs can get really nasty/serious. They use to look like a open gash :(

    I also use a tegaderm patch over the F patch.

    I now move my patch every 48 hrs to try to allow areas to heal up.

    I go counter clock wise - right side upper belly area, right side upper leg area, left side upper leg area, left side upper belly area, right hip, left hip and then reverse it again to clock wise. This method allows 1 area to get "hit" only about every 24 days.

    Hope this helps :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • I switch patches every 48 hours and have about 6 spots that work on me, so each area has about 12 days to recover in between patches. Sometimes I have to skip a spot because it hasn't healed by the time it is due to get it's patch. The Mylan (without gel)
    are much smaller so they don't take as much room, thus there is more spaces to put them. Hope this helps you. I wouldn't know what to do without the patches, I'm currently waiting for another 2 surgeries and even with the patches and oxycodone I still run about 6 or 7 pain level, without I'd be bedridden.
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  • I also have a nasty adhesive allergy but found using a nasal antihistime on the skin area where I am placing the patch really helps to minimize that mark and the oozing areas that I get from adhesive..you have to make sure that you allow the antihistimine to dry completely before you apply the patch but it does work like a charm.
    I also found that using the patches with the fentanyl in the adhesive is much better for me than the gel reservoir patch version.
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