What is a fentanyl patch?
Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication, sometimes called a narcotic.
Fentanyl patches are a strong prescription pain medicine.
The patches are used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain around the clock.
Fentanyl patches are used when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines
or immediate-release opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them.
Fentanyl patches are not for treating mild or occasional pain or pain from surgery.
The patches are not for use to treat pain that is not around-the-clock.
Before taking this medicine
Do not put a fentanyl skin patch on any person who does not have a personal prescription for this medicine.
You should not use fentanyl if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
Tell your doctor if you have been sick with a fever.
Having a high temperature can increase the amount of drug you absorb through your skin.
If you use opioid medicine while you are pregnant,
your baby could become dependent on the drug.
This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born.
Babies born dependent on opioids may need medical treatment for several weeks.
How should I use a fentanyl patch?
Apply the fentanyl patch exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides.
Never use fentanyl patches in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.
Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to use more fentanyl patches.
Never use a skin patch if it has been cut or damaged.
Stop using all other around-the-clock opioid medications.
Do not allow the skin patch to come into contact with your mouth,
eyes, nose, or lips, or another person’s skin.
Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.