What Fentanyl Transdermal System is used for and how to use it
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Fentanyl Transdermal System – Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: Actavis
Country: United States
Condition: Anesthesia, Anesthetic Adjunct, Breakthrough Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain, Postoperative Pain, Sedation
Class: Narcotic analgesics
Form: Skin patch (transdermal)
Ingredients: Fentanyl, Silicone Adhesive

Fentanyl transdermal system is:

  • A strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) that is used to treat moderate to severe around-the-clock pain, in people who are already regularly using opioid pain medicine.

Important information about the fentanyl transdermal system:

  • Get emergency help right away if you use too much fentanyl (overdose). Fentanyl overdose can cause life threatening breathing problems that can lead to death.
  • Never give anyone else your fentanyl transdermal system. They could die from using it. Store fentanyl transdermal system away from children and in a safe place to prevent stealing or abuse. Selling or giving away fentanyl transdermal system is against the law.

Do not use fentanyl transdermal system if you have:

  • severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems.
  • a bowel blockage or have narrowing of the stomach or intestines.

Before applying fentanyl transdermal system, tell your healthcare provider if you have a history of:

  • head injury, seizures
  • liver, kidney, thyroid
  • problems problems urinating
  • pancreas or gallbladder problems
  • abuse of street or prescription drugs, alcohol addiction, or mental health problems.

Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have a fever.
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Fentanyl transdermal system may harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding. Fentanyl passes into breast milk and may harm your baby.
  • are taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.

When using fentanyl transdermal system:

  • Do not change your dose. Apply fentanyl transdermal system exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • See the detailed Instructions for Use for information about how to apply and dispose of the fentanyl transdermal system patch.
  • Do not wear more than 1 patch at the same time unless your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • Call your healthcare provider if the dose you are using does not control your pain.
  • Do not stop using fentanyl transdermal system without talking to your healthcare provider.

While using fentanyl transdermal system Do Not:

  • Take hot baths or sunbathe, use hot tubs, saunas, heating pads, electric blankets, heated waterbeds, or tanning lamps, or engage in exercise that increases your body temperature. These can cause an overdose that can lead to death.
  • Drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how fentanyl transdermal system affects you. Fentanyl transdermal system can make you s leepy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
  • Drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol.

The possible side effects of fentanyl transdermal system are:

  • constipation, nausea, sleepiness, vomiting, tiredness, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, itching, redness, or rash where the patch is applied. Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms and they are severe.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, chest pain, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, extreme drowsiness, or you are feeling faint.

These are not all the possible side effects of fentanyl transdermal system. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information, go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov.