Fentanyl Duragesic Patch
About 81 times more potent than morphine, fentanyl is an extremely strong pain relief medication that is usually prescribed for chronic severe pain in those with a tolerance to opiod drugs.
While fentanyl may come in patch, lozenge or lollipop form, when in the form of a patch, the medication is typically referred to as the fentanyl transdermal system.
Some of the various manufacturers that make and distribute fentanyl patches include:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Mylan Pharmaceuticals
- Ortho-McNeil (a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.).
Given the strength of fentanyl, it's crucial that patients:
- Only use fentanyl if and as it's prescribed.
- Understand how to properly use fentanyl patches.
- Are aware of the types and symptoms of fentanyl Duragesic side effects so they know when to seek medical attention.
Fentanyl Duragesic Patch Dosages
The appropriate fentanyl Duragesic patch dose for a given patient will vary, depending on his:
- the severity of his condition
- medical history
- tolerance to opiod drugs.
Fentanyl Duragesic patches come in six different sizes and doses, including:
- 12.5 micrograms/hour (g/h)
The stronger the dose, the larger the patch, as more area of skin needs to be covered to ensure that more of the drug is being absorbed over the same period of time.
Fentanyl Duragesic Patch Side Effects
Although fentanyl patches are effective at relieving pain, they are known to cause some severe, potentially fatal side effects, including:
- addiction (A history of drug or alcohol addiction can cause people to abuse the fentanyl pain patch, as this medication reportedly has similar effects to heroin.)
- liver damage
- respiratory depression (not inhaling sufficient oxygen)
- severe allergic reaction, marked by hives, breathing difficulties and facial swelling.
Additionally, fentanyl patients are at risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms upon terminating use of this medication. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms may include:
- abdominal pain
- hot flashes
- loss of appetite
- muscle aches
- night sweats or general excessive sweating
- rapid breathing
- stuffy or runny nose
Fentanyl Duragesic Patch Lawsuits
Patients injured after using the fentanyl transdermal system, along with families of deceased fentanyl patients, will likely be entitled to a settlement for their injuries and losses.
Affected individuals can find out if they have a viable legal claim by meeting with an experienced fentanyl lawyer for a free initial consultation. Along with getting a thorough evaluation of their case, prospective plaintiffs can also get advice regarding whether they should file an individual suit or join a class action case.
To encourage injured parties to seek out the settlements they deserve, fentanyl lawyers will delay payment for their services until (or unless) the case is won.
Have you or a loved one been injured after using Fentanyl? If so, contact us today to talk to an experienced Fentanyl attorney who can evaluate your claim and help you win the compensation you deserve.
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