Fentanyl patches may bring forth life-threatening airway problems, especially during the treatment’s first 72 hours. This same risk may also be experienced any time after the dose is increased. Moreover, Fentanyl patches could be addictive.
Doctors who prescribe fentanyl patches to their patients advice NOT to apply too many patches at once, apply patches more than the advised frequency, or use patches in places outside of what has been prescribed. It is also hazardous to use Fentanyl patches if you have medical conditions.
Always remember to tell your doctor when:
- You are experiencing slow breathing or if you have asthma. If this is the case, it is highly advised that you refrain from using fentanyl patches.
- You have a history with lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, a head injury, or any condition that increases the amount of pressure in your brain.
Someone Else Used The Patch?
People who are not required to use Fentanyl patches may genuinely be hurt if the sticky side of a patch contacts their skin. Therefore, be always mindful as a patient to not let anyone touch the patch. If you are holding or taking care of kids, always make sure to not let them touch the patch, even its safe side.
If the patch accidentally falls off your body and adheres to someone else’s skin, instantly get the patch off and wash the affected area with clear water. Most importantly, get immediate medical attention.
Remember, Fentanyl patches that have been used for 3 days still contain enough solution to cause harm to people whose immune system are compromised, especially children and elderly. Never toss used or unused patches in a garbage can or abandon them in a place where they might be found by others. Discard used and unused patches appropriately as per directions.
Lastly, tell your attending physician if you are possibly pregnant or planning to get pregnant. If you use Fentanyl patches routinely when you’re pregnant, your infant may be affected with life-threatening withdrawal effects after birth. Tell your pediatrician immediately if your infant encounters any of the following side effects:
- Irregular sleep routine
- Inability to put on weight
- Sharp cry,
- Wild shaking of the body,
- Irregular bowel movement
Do Not Do Patches & Alcohol Use Together
Drinking alcohol, or any other edible products that contain alcohol or using illicit drugs amid your treatment with Fentanyl patches increases your risk of experiencing life-threatening conditions. Fentanyl patches may further the severity of medical conditions and may even result to death when done without professional medical supervision.
Also, remember to store Fentanyl patches in locked and elevated places so others cannot take them accidentally. Be particularly cautious though about keeping Fentanyl patches out of reach of children. Experts even advise patients to monitor how many patches are left so they know whether any were taken or not.