One of the most common questions that pops up here is from people who have difficulty keeping the fentanyl patch in place. Lost and ruined patches can be a terrible problem for both the patient and the doctor. We all know early refills of any pain medication are problematic no matter what the reason.
I have used the Nexcare brand bandages for years as covers for the fentanyl patch. They were the only bandages that kept the patch in place for the full 3 days. Since they're made with Tegaderm, these bandages are waterproof yet allow for oxygen exchange. This material was made with burn patients in mind. I've never experienced skin irritation problems or had trouble keeping them on. They're also great for covering up surgical wounds for bathing purposes. My orthopedic surgeon gave me a handful of Tegaderm squares and told me to use them over the wounds so I could shower immediately after surgery. Heaven!
I was at the pharmacy the other day to replenish my supply, and saw that Nexcare has an even better product available. It's the same Tegaderm material but in tape form. The dispenser is just like a scotch tape dispenser so you don't need to fool with scissors. Works great, less waste, and the roll of tape should last longer than a box of bandages meaning less money out of my pocket.
Just wanted to pass the word for those who have trouble keeping the patch on or experiencing difficulty with wound care. End of public service announcement. LOL!