Ive been on the fentanyl patch for almost 8yrs,it works great for breakthrough pain. I'm very active on the bike and the only way it stays on is a tape called Mefix,I cover w/plastic bag in shower and your good to go for 3 days. Good luck
I wnat to welcome you to the Pain Management Forum and let yo know that we are glad that you have found this Forum! I need to be sure that you understand that there are NO Doctors on this Fourm. We are ALL CP (Chronic Pain) Patients that help each other through our own expertise and experiences that we have gained from our own pain conditions.
I'm sorry that you are having difficulty keeping your patch on. I ALSO use the Fentanyl Patches - 62mcg - I use one 50 and one 12. Where do you place your patches on your body? I place mine on my back in the shoulder blade area. Some people do have problems with keeping them on, BUT fortunately I've NEVER had that problem. I don't know if it's because of where I place mine or if it's the type of skin I have or exactly why BUT I know that I'm grateful that I don't have that problem. The EASIEST fix for your problem and the CHEAPEST too, is to use PAPER TAPE - ONLY paper tape, NO other type of tape - as the Paper tape is SAFE for this. Place the tape around the outer edges of your patch and that SHOULD take care of our problem. You are ACTUALLY using the Patch (Mylan Brand) that sticks the best. The OTHER type is a HUGE Gel filled patch that DOES have a terrible track record of falling off and coming loose.
As Sandee mentioned there are also Fentanyl Transdermal Systems that are a clear cover for your patches that ou can buy through your Pharmacy and through the Manufacturer of the patches BUT they are quite expensive! Jaybay has a lot of information on those as she said.
I use the Mylan patch also and I had the same problem that you did with it ONLY lasting for 48 hours and on my second visit to my PM Doctor he asked how I was doing and I told him GREAT but on the 3rd day I had to use ALL of my BT meds and didn't have to on the other 2 days. He informed me that a LOT of people have this problem and that he would write my prescription so that I change them every 48 HOURS and that has taken care of the problem!! You might bring this up with your Doctor and see if they can right your Prescription for every 48 hours instead of every 72 hours. My Doctor told me that MOST of the patients seem to be having this problem. The main problem that you might run into will be IF your Insurance Company balks at having to pay for the extra patches ( 5 extra patches) each month.
I wish you the very best and I hope that these and other suggestions that you will get on here will solve your problems for you!!.........Sherry :)
I am glad your getting some relief from the patch and not feeling so out of it. The patch has problems staying on according to everyone I have heard that uses it. One of our members and CLs in another group suggest a transdermal patch which they make in a sports formula and she says it stays put!
I am sure she will be on soon and will tell you more about it. I have never tried the patch though I hear it doe provide relief for alot of CP sufferers.
Jaybay is the member I mentioned and I will send her a note to get with you:)