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Duragesic Side Effects

Although most people do not experience any problems while using Duragesic, side effects are still possible with this skin patch. Some of the most common reactions that have been reported with this product include nausea, vomiting, and constipation. While most side effects of the patch do not require medical attention, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience seizures, hallucinations, or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Duragesic Side Effects

As with any medicine, Duragesic® (fentanyl patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Duragesic. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Common Side Effects of Duragesic

Duragesic has been studied extensively in clinical trials with children and adults. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using Duragesic were carefully documented. As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred and how often they appeared.
 
The most common side effects of Duragesic, occurring in more than 10 percent of people in clinical trials, included:
 
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Sweating.
 
Other common side effects, occurring in 3 to 10 percent of people, included:
 
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms (such as fever, aches, and chills)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping (which may be more common in children)
  • An exaggerated sense of well-being (euphoria)
  • Infections of the upper respiratory tract
  • Sore throat
  • Itching
  • Problems urinating
  • Pain and redness at the application site.
 
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