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Fentanyl Does Not Last 48 Hours
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Jeff Says:
I am currently on a Mylan Fentanyl patch 50mcg/hr. I was on 75mcg patch which worked well with my pain but the patches dont last 48 hours. After about 30-36 hours I start having major withdrawel symptoms and pain. I had these withdrawels with both doses of the fentanyl patches. My dr dropped my down to 50mcg to see if it would help but it does'nt. I have some Dilaudid for breakthrough pain but it does'nt work at all for pain or withdrawel syptoms. The dilaudid is basically useless to me. Has anyone had a Mylan Fentanyl patch thats doing this?? I saw my dr today and he's considering taking me off the patches and back to the pills again. This really sucks. The patches have worked well for about 10 months now.

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Yes yes yes!!! I have taken other patches but was getting rash- so I use MYLAN brand!!! Have noticed withdrawal symptoms from some of these patches after having had on for just 24 hours!!' It is hard to tell a defective MYLAN patch since the Fentynol is not visible as with the other ones!!! I will prob be calling them tmo cuz went thru a box of five in less then 8 days cuz definitely could tell was experiencing withdrawal symptoms!!! Call Milan and be sure to have lot # located on box or patch packaging!!' I love the MYLAN brand cuz doesn't cause rash but really think that some patches DO NOT have the dose stated on package!! Have been on duregesic for over 10 years so I KNOW when there is an issue... Went thru withdrawal once due to hospital negligence and KNOW symptoms!!!

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Jeff Krout Says:
Unfortunately morphine has no effect on me. So thats that. I'm just suprised my patches are'nt doing what they should any more. If this keeps up, I'll just get a Medtronic pump and do away with all the other junk.

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Verwon Says:
Jeff, that is correct, the controlled release Oxycodone is only available as the name brand Oxycontin.

However, Morphine is available in a time released formulation as a generic, the name brand for it would be MS Contin, so you may want to talk to your doctor about trying it.


Is there anything else I can help with?

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Jeff Krout Says:
I actually got a new script today for Oxycodone SR 30mg. Unfortunatley its not available in generic form so my insurance wont cover it. I'll just have to tough it out this weekend and see what the dr will do on Monday. Not sure what my options are for something extended release. I'm not looking forward to taking the hcl every 4 hours.

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Verwon Says:
Very sorry for what you are going through.

It is possible that you have already built up a tolerance to them, or that you simply absorb the medication too fast.

The medication can also be absorbed faster than normal if you are in a very warm environment, or are overheated.


What pills is he thinking of putting you on?

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