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Fentanyl

FENTANYL is a pain reliever. It is used to treat persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain. It is used only by people who have been taking an opioid or narcotic pain medicine for more than one week. Compare opioids.
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Duragesic Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your pain does not go away, if it gets worse, or if you have new or a different type of pain. You may develop tolerance to the medicine. Tolerance means that you will need a higher dose of the medicine for pain relief. Tolerance is normal and is expected if you take the medicine for a long time.

Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your body becomes used to the medicine. This does NOT mean you are addicted. Addiction is a behavior related to getting and using a drug for a non-medical reason. If you have pain, you have a medical reason to take pain medicine. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

There are different types of narcotic medicines (opiates). If you take more than one type at the same time or you are taking another medicine that also causes drowsiness, you may have more side effects. Give your health care provider a list of all medicines you use. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. Do not take more medicine than directed. Call emergency for help if you have problems breathing or unusual sleepiness.

If you are going to need surgery, a MRI, CT scan, or other procedure, tell your doctor that you are using this medicine. You may need to remove this patch before the procedure.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that may be dangerous until you know how the medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

The medicine will cause constipation. Try to have a bowel movement at least every 2 to 3 days. If you do not have a bowel movement for 3 days, call your doctor or health care professional.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Decrease in the amount of urine or in the frequency of urination

seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there

Less common

Chest pain

difficulty with speaking

fainting

mood or mental changes

problems with walking

redness, swelling, itching, or bumps on the skin at the place of application

spitting blood

Incidence not known

Bloating or swelling of the face, hands, lower legs, or feet

fast or pounding heartbeat or pulse

rapid weight gain

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

Cold, clammy skin

convulsions (seizures)

drowsiness that is so severe you are not able to answer when spoken to or, if asleep, cannot be awakened

pinpoint (small) pupils in the eyes

slow heartbeat

very slow or troubled breathing

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain that was not present before treatment

confusion

constipation

diarrhea

dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness

false sense of well-being

feeling anxious

headache

indigestion

loss of appetite

nausea or vomiting

sweating

weakness

Less common

Feeling anxious and restless at the same time

feeling of crawling, tingling, or burning of the skin

memory loss

unusual dreams

Incidence not known

Change or problem with discharge of semen

decreased interest in sexual intercourse

inability to have or keep an erection

loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

not able to have an orgasm

weight loss

After you stop using this medicine, it may still produce some side effects that need attention. During this period of time, check with your doctor immediately if you notice the following side effects:

Body aches

fast heartbeat

fever, runny nose, or sneezing

gooseflesh feeling

increased sweating

increased yawning

nervousness, restlessness, or irritability

shivering or trembling

stomach cramps

trouble sleeping

unusually large pupils in the eyes

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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