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Precautions and Warnings With Fentanyl

Who Should Not Use Fentanyl?

You should avoid fentanyl if you:
  • Are allergic to it or to any of the inactive components used to make the medicine. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Have not already been using an opioid medication and are not opioid tolerant.
    • Acute pain (pain expected to last a short time)
    • Pain from surgery or other medical or dental procedures
    • Headache or migraine pain
    • Pain in an emergency room.
In addition, you should not use the fentanyl patch if you have:
  • Only mild pain or only need intermittent or "as-needed" pain relief
  • Severe asthma or uncontrolled asthma symptoms
  • Significant respiratory depression (slow or ineffective breathing due to a variety of causes)
  • Paralytic ileus (a bowel obstruction).

Final Thoughts

There are a number of situations in which this medication should not be used, along with several safety concerns people should be aware of before beginning treatment. However, it is possible that not all of these issues were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific fentanyl warnings and precautions that may apply to you.
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