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Fentanyl Patch Dosing

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The dose of fentanyl will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders and the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

Fentanyl Pain Patch Recall Update 7/23/12: Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is now recalling more than 53,000 Duragesic pain patches due to problems where crystals of fentanyl may have formed in some of the patches. Fentanyl is a potent painkiller approximately 100 times more powerful than morphine, and its accumulation into crystals in the patch has the potential to lead to overdoses and other adverse events.

What’s the problem?

The amount of fentanyl that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take fentanyl depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

The appropriate fentanyl Duragesic patch dose for a given patient will vary, depending on his/her:

  • condition
  • the severity of condition
  • medical history
  • tolerance to opiod drugs

Fentanyl Duragesic patches come in six different sizes and doses, including:

  • 12.5 micrograms/hour (µg/h)
  • 25 µg/h
  • 50 µg/h
  • 75 µg/h
  • 100 µg/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.

For relief of severe, continuing pain:

  • Adults—If you have not already been using other narcotics regularly, your doctor will determine use and dose. If you have already been using other narcotics regularly, your first dose will depend on the amount of other narcotic you have been taking every day. If necessary, your doctor will change the dose after 3 days, when the first patch is replaced. The size of the new dose will depend on how well the medicine is working and on whether you had any side effects during the first 3-day application. Other changes in dose may be needed later on. Some people may need to use more than one patch at a time.
  • Children—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of fentanyl, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Do I have a Fentanyl Patch Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in fentanyl patch lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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