Duragesic (Transdermal)

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Effects of duragesic or fentenyl on the person applying the patch

I am wondering if there are any effects on the person administiring the patches. My dad has been on oxycodin and the patches for pain management for many many years. He is 81 and not in good shape. But I am wondering about my mom...she has been the on...
by Susan Lee in Massachusetts, 11/23/2006

Duragesic (Transdermal) Drug and Prescription Information

Duragesic (Transdermal)

Duragesic (Transdermal) Medication Classification

FENTANYL (Absorbed through the skin)

Duragesic (Transdermal) Brandname


Duragesic (Transdermal) is used for the Treatment

Fentanyl (FEN-ta-nil) Treats severe, ongoing pain that cannot be controlled with other medicines. This medicine is a narcotic pain reliever.

When To Not Use Duragesic (Transdermal)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to fentanyl or adhesives.

How Should You Use Duragesic (Transdermal)


  • Your doctor will tell you how many patches to use, where to apply them, and how often to apply them. Do not use more patches or apply them more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Leave the patch in its sealed wrapper until you are ready to put it on. Tear the wrapper open carefully. NEVER CUT the wrapper or the patch with scissors. Do not use any patch that has been cut by accident.
  • The patient instructions will show the body areas where you can wear the patch. When putting on each new patch, choose a different place within these areas. Do not put the new patch on the same place you wore the last one. Be sure to remove the old patch before applying a new one.
  • Do not put the patch over burns, cuts, or irritated skin. Do not use soap, lotion, or oil on the skin before putting on the patch.
  • Put on a new patch if the old one has fallen off and cannot be reapplied.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you forget to wear or change a patch, put one on as soon as you can. If it is almost time to put on your next patch, wait until then to apply the patch and skip the one you missed.
  • Do not apply extra patches to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Duragesic (Transdermal) Storage

Store Duragesic (Transdermal) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Duragesic (Transdermal) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Duragesic (Transdermal)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using antibiotics (such as erythromycin), medicine to treat fungal infections (such as Sporanox®, Nizoral®), medicines to treat HIV/AIDS (Norvir®, Crixivan®, Retrovir®, Viracept®, Invirase®, Fortovase®), rifampin (Rifadin®), carbamazepine (Tegretol®), or phenytoin (Dilantin®).
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain killers, or sedatives). Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Duragesic (Transdermal) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have lung disease, recent head injury, brain tumor, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, kidney disease, liver disease, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • This medicine should not be used by a child under 12 years old or by a person under 18 years old who weighs less than 110 pounds, except in certain research studies.
  • Do not let the patch get too hot or it may release too much medicine too quickly. Avoid direct sunlight and using electric blankets, heated waterbeds, saunas, sun lamps, and hot tubs. Call your doctor if you have a fever higher than 102°.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not use more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Duragesic (Transdermal) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling in the hands, ankles, or feet
  • Trouble breathing, slow or shallow breathing, extreme weakness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Blurred vision
  • Itching, rash, redness, or swelling where the patch is applied
  • Nausea, vomiting, constipation

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Duragesic (Transdermal)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: *****


Cruz, Cruz - 01/10/2014

Thank you for sharing and God Bless You in your work.I lost my huansbd of 28 years in April 2008. His cancer pain was very severe. Hospice did well with the pain while the doctor was in the office, but the problem was after 5pm. The nurse would tell me to double up on the meds we have at home which did nothing for the pain. The next day when the doctor could be reached we would get a new prescription. How in humane! I'm sorry my huansbd couldn't have his breakthrough pain from 9-5!!! One friday they brought me something to help him sleep. I used it around the clock. On monday I requested more. The nurse told me I was 5 times over the legal limit and the doctor would not give me any more. I explained that when he is sleeping he is not in pain. She informed me that sleeping patients can also be in pain and that my opinion of his pain was just my perception A few painful days later they brought out suppositories and said to my daughter: she won't like this but this will put him down and keep him down. Which it did. Wasn't that what I asked for several days earlier??? I am still so mad I haven't filled out my hospice survey yet because I can't do it tactfully. Now I am in school to be an RN and I have to write a paper about a problem. I would like to know what other hospice nurses do for pain when the doctor is out of the office.