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Duragesic Patch Withdrawal

What is a Duragesic Pain Patch?

Generically known as fentanyl transdermal systems, Duragesic pain patches provide patients with up to 72 hours of relief from severe, chronic pain, such as that associated with cancer. Duragesic patches are not indicated for temporary pain (such as post-surgical pain) due to the fact that fentanyl is 81 times stronger than morphine.

Given such potency, Duragesic patches:

  • are classified as Schedule II drugs
  • should only be used as directed
  • should NOT be taken if patients have a history of drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • can cause withdrawal symptoms when patients cease using them (even over short periods of time)

Symptoms of Fentanyl Patch Withdrawals

It's possible for patients to start developing physical and psychological dependencies on Duragesic pain patches. Should patients start to notice such dependencies, they will likely experience the following withdrawal symptoms upon terminating use of fentanyl patches:

  • abdominal pain
  • achy muscles
  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • excessive sweating
  • hot flashes
  • mood swings
  • sleeping problems
  • tremors

These Duragesic patch withdrawal symptoms tend to dissipate significantly after two days of ceasing patch use. However, the longer patients have been using fentanyl patches, the likely their withdrawal symptoms will persist and be more severe in nature.

Other Duragesic Patch Side Effects

Withdrawals are not the only negative side effect associated with using Duragesic pain patches. Other serious side effects associated with fentanyl patches may include:

  • addiction to the patch
  • arrhythmia
  • changes in muscle tone
  • depression
  • respiratory depression
  • severe allergic reaction
  • urination problems
  • wrongful death

Patients are most likely to sustain such serious health complications should they:

  • not use Duragesic patches as directed
  • overdose on fentanyl (Accidental fentanyl overdoses have been reported following use of poorly manufactured patches that have leaked fentanyl and resulted in thousands of wrongful deaths)

Compensation for Duragesic Patch Injuries & Deaths

Following a severe Duragesic patch injury, it's vital that patients:

  • Receive emergency medical care to prevent further health problems and/or death
  • Pursue all prescribed, long-term care for the best chances of recovery
  • Consult with an experienced defective drug lawyer, once their health is stable to learn more about their legal rights

During a free initial consultation, injured parties (including families of deceased Duragesic patch patients) can get a thorough evaluation of their case, along with expert advice regarding the best manner in which to pursue their claim.

Have you or a loved one been injured following use of Duragesic Pain Patches? If so, contact us today to consult with an experienced Duragesic patch attorney.

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