If you have moderate-to-severe chronic pain, you may benefit from Duragesic® (fentanyl patch). This medication is approved for use in adults and children (age two and older), and is available by prescription only. It is used to treat moderate-to-severe chronic pain in people who do not find adequate pain relief with other medications.
Your dosage will depend on several factors, such as other pain medications you have taken and other medical conditions you may have. This medicated skin patch is applied to the skin every 72 hours and provides around-the-clock (continuous) pain relief. For instance, if a healthcare provider starts you at a Duragesic dosage of 25 mcg/hour, this means that the patch is releasing 25 mcg of fentanyl every hour for 72 hours.
It may take up to six days after your first dose increase to feel maximum pain relief. Therefore, additional dose increases should be made after at least six days have passed, or after two patches have been worn.
(For more information, click Duragesic. This article offers a complete overview of this pain reliever, including how it works, potential side effects, and important tips on when and how to use it.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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