Fentanyl skin patches are used to control chronic pain that no longer responds to other narcotic pain medications. These transdermal patches contain an opioid medication that helps block pain impulses. It is often used for cancer patients who need round-the-clock pain medication.
This medication should only be used for chronic pain that no longer responds to other narcotic medications. It should not be used to treat mild or moderate pain, temporary pain such as pain associated with a dental procedure, or pain that responds to less strong medications. Using this medication inappropriately can be fatal.
Patients may develop serious respiratory problems within the first 72 hours of use. If you have trouble breathing while on this medication, discontinue its use and seek emergency medical treatment.
Inspect patches carefully before use and throw away any patch that is broken or damaged. Damaged patches may provide too much medication at once, leading to a fatal overdose.
This medication can lead to physical dependence or addiction. Patients who have ever had any addiction problems should not use this medication.