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Mich1 Says:
 
I am a 33 yr old woman being treated by Pain Mgmt Dr. for chronic pain as a result of 3 failed elbow surgeries and nerve damage. My current dosage is 50mcg/hr every 48 hrs with up to 4 oxycodone per day for break through pain. I know the patch is suppose to be a good medication for pain control, but I am really considering asking to change to a different medication because of the sweating problems I have on the Fentanyl and I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I am constantly drenched sinced I have been on the patch. Dr tried hytrin to control sweating, but all that did was cause me to bloat. I tried HRT for a year to see if that would help...no luck, still sweating. I sleep with only a sheet over me and window open at night and still wake up soaked from sweat. If I do any physical activity at all I am drenched. The patch does seem to control the pain well, but I can't deal with beads of sweat rolling down my head all the time and my family is always freezing because I get so warm. Am I doing something wrong? I wear the patch on my upper chest, I use a tegaderm patch over it. I've tried the Mylan brand and now use the SanDoz brand. Has anyone else experienced this issue? I don't want to live my life in pain, but I can't take the sweating issue anymore!!! Is there a different medication that is time released like the Fentanyl Patch? My DR is a nice man, but doesn't always explain things too well and I don't have anyone to talk to about this. Thanks for listening.

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cyndibl Says:
 
I am so glad that someone else lives in the world of the waterfall. I have been so embarrassed as the last 13 years on fentanyl., my favorite part of the waterfall is when the other person or persons dodge you or keep a fair distance. Summer, winter or fall spring time don't matter. I always hoped that it would lessen with time-NOT- so i look at those who are embarrassed by me I look at them and say either menopause or hormones. If I was to say that I am on one of the strongest pain medicine in the world and this is a side effect. I would give you some hints is after 13 years on this drug, I take 225 mcg every 36 hours. I think it is time to go off this. My pain is most of the time. I don't want to do this anymore. I pay thirteen hundred a month for insurance. My bill would be over 6000.00 a month. Which is more than i can afford thanks

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Verwon Says:
 
This overheating and sweating is a fairly normal side effect that some people experience from narcotic pain medications.

I went through it for years when I was on pain management and taking Morphine and Oxycodone.

Unfortunately, it can also last for a long time, even if you stop taking the medication. I still have trouble with excessive sweating and I stopped the medications almost 2 years ago, now.

There are a couple of other time released options, such as Oxycontin and MS Contin, but you may still experience the same issue. Some people don't and some do, there is no way to know for sure, until you try something.

http:/­/­www.medschat.com/­wiki/­Fentanyl/­

I can only suggest talking to your doctor, again, and letting them know how severely bothersome the problem has become.

When I was still married, I used to drive both my husband and son crazy with my overheating.

Does anyone else have any advice?

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Paula wenger Says:
 
Well, waterfall,big geiser,raining parade, Ive used em all!!! Fentanyl is so bad in terms of sweating and going from hot wet soaked clothes an instance later goosebumps with chills and your still wet!! I myself hate this side effect it has flipped my world into a terrible place to be , afraid , ashamed,,embarrassed,and tired of saying hormones, or menopause, I at first blamed them due to having had a complete hysto . but as I am weening from 75mcgsto 50 @ the dr.s I had him write scripts for 25mcgs and I put 2 on at a time tried to get down to just 25 but the other withdraw symptoms are killing my spirit too. I recomend never starting this drug and if not an option as w/ I you do whatever it take (safely,w/dr help) to get off! chronic pain is world crashing and I have been on so many different meds that I am willing to pop vicodin again 12-15 per day if need to , never if God wills that I am to get off Fentanyl successfully , will I ever touch em , unless I am about to die! God will provide help!!

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John Says:
 
I never tell others what they should or shouldn't do in regards to pain management(presuming one is honest and using for pain) and I won't today. Just know that I too was on fentanyl 100mcq X 48 hours and was HORRIBLY sweating, then chills, then hot. Wow, enough to drive me insane, almost literally. After 5 months on fent, I decided enough. I put the last patch on and said let it run it's course. By Grace of prayer, my withdrawl was very minimal, very little discomfort and within a week, it stopped raining on me. I now know if was the fentanyl that did this to my body-extreme hot/cold flashes, sweat, yuck! It started me on the path to insomnia which is very dangerous since the mind takes over when you haven't slept. Even my hunger was affected: end result no eating, no sleeping and hot flashes from h###, I was miserable. I am now much better, and feel better. Still use oxycodone for pain, but GOODBYE FENTANYL and hopefully never again. My mind: fentanyl belongs to those dying of cancer or in such pain that their only quality of life is pain relief. Next to that, after only 5 months of it, it's one nasty drug in my mind and I say STAY AWAY!

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rob pitzer Says:
 
i want to say to the people on the fentanyl patches for pain. STOP. I was once on the patch and I stopped breathing. I was in the hospital and my mom thought i just took a nap. Thank God Dr. coleman walked in to do her morning rounds right about the time I stopped breathing. All I can remember is waking up in the hospital bed. The last thing I can remember is I took my pain patch and licked the inside which a lot of people do, and I layed down. The next thing I remember is being sorrunded by about 5 or 6 medical personall and they were trying to shoove tubes or something down my throut. Please if anyone is on the patch. DON'T LICK IT. I allmost died from it and I know 2 people that did die from it. Please don't be stupid like I was. I was just wanting to get a stupid feeling not death but it will stop ur breathing.

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rob pitzer Says:
 
as far as pain goes i honestly believe im an expert. 2 broken necks, I remember many sleepless nights not being able to sleep due to pain. It's sad Dr.'s are not writting because of fear from the law. It's not the laws fault either. It's the people abusing the drug that are addicts.Anyway take your mri to a Dr. that will write if you can find one. Dr. Kunkull is a good one. Does anyone else have any Dr.'s that are not afraid to write. I was dropped by Kunkull because I reffered a friend and this so called friend altered their mri and we both got dropped and I did nothing wrong but refferered the wrong stupid person which I will never do again. Im a person nthat really sufferes from 2 past broken necks, the last oct.26th of this past year. PLEASE HELP.

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Milo Says:
 
I can tell U sweating is a side effect of ALL narcotic pain meds. I do have a suggestion, if you have trouble KEEPING the patch on, U can call Jansen (the drug comp) and they will send u a FREE box of Bioclusive patch covers. And they will keep providing them for the time u r on patch. This is just like the cover they put on an IV.

If you live in Canada, not so much GOOD luck n love from Drug companies. So far since i have lived here, NOT ONE drug company is or has been willing to send me the covers FREE, actually, no one has even offered to do it for money! In Canada, U will have to go to the drug store and by something called Tegaderm. It costs about $8 for a box of 8! I did find that if you go to a hospital pharmacy, they are MUCH cheaper. I get mine for 35cents each at my hospital!

The sweating side effect usually passes. In time. As for me, I sweat due to a different medical condition. So it wont go away for me. But, having a cover to keep the patch on helps.

Ive recently begun to wonder if the sweating may be making the patch LESS effective. But, Im still watching this to see.

Overall, I prefer the patch to other opioids. But EVERYONE is different, and each drug effects everyone differently!

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Milo Says:
 
Ok people. Let me inform you of something. After reading more of your posts, I feel I must say this.

First of all, if you are weaning off of Fentanyl, U dont HAVE to take fentanyl. It is a Opioid, U can use ANY Opioid in replacement of it. You do not HAVE to wean off Fenatnyl then start another drug! It is NOT NEEDED! If your doctor told you this, I would be suspicious of his/her motives for that.

Also, drugs like Vicodin, Percocet Lortab etc have OODLES of Acetaminophen in them. It is BAD for your liver. The DAILY MAX dose id 3300 mg. So if your doc is giving you these drugs, AND you take any tylenol in any other product you are risking your liver. If you were popping 12 Vicodin a day you were killing your liver. The effects of Acet/Tylenol on it are accumulative, over your lifetime. You should REALLY avoid it in ANY meds. But NEVER take and drug with it as your MAIN source of LONG TERM/CHRONIC pain. Not to mention that when u take these every 4 hour drugs you LIVE on a rx roller coaster. You are a 8 out of 10 on pain scale, so pop a percocet, wait 45-60 min, to BEGIN to reduce pain to a 5. Then in the 3rd hour the pain increases, slowly till 5 hours later youre back to an 8 again. It is BAD for your Nervous system and can cause you PERM pain. This is why they have drugs like Fentanyl, it will help to keep you off the roller coaster!

Also, I agree, DO NOT LICK your patch, or the envelope. The person who did this was Misappropriating the meds. Which makes it all the more hard for others to get pain control from the doctor. The guy who's friend altered the MRI, was also a reason! We need to work as a team to prevent these things to HELP preserve the right for ALL of us to get and use PROPER pain control!

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Cindi Says:
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I've been on a Fentanyl patch for about a year. Only the last three-four months after I switched types has my life become miserable related to constant, drenching sweat. I am an RN/BSN of 32 years, so pretty knowledgable re: meds. This is no life. Will be weaning off, and hopefully it will cease. Also on PRN Hydrocodone, Savella and Sulfasalazine. I have RA and Fibro.

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Kay Says:
 
Cindi... Would love to be able to talk to you about the side effects you have been having on the Fentanyl Patch. It seems that they are similar to mine. I am a retired RN of 30 years. I started on the Fentanyl patch at 25mcg/72hrs then had to increase to 50mcg/72hrs. This was about 4 months ago...I started having trouble getting too sleepy.....still needed about 2 Generic Lortab/day for break through pain. 2 weeks ago started having hot flashes and chills. Soooo went to PM Dr and talked to him about this... Decided to decrease strength of Fentanyl. To 25mcg/72 hrs. Now I am back to taking more pills and hurting all the time! Hot flashes and chills some better.
I guess the main reason I decided to reply to your post is to see what solution you might have come up with Today is the day I am due to change patch and/or call Dr about going back to 50mcg or just to keep on like I am! Any suggestions

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Craig Says:
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I have been on 100 mcg every 48 and I could not track down the sweating buts it in side effects, but anytime of day mostly early morning or nights I get profuse sweating I mean I have change underwear and shirt, but my doctor told me also that chronic pain causes the adrenal glands to release adrenaline which triggers the sweat glands on high gear hope that helps peace of mind but always keep a hand towl iand a clean shirt in the car for the sweat attacks thanks craig

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Sparsh Says:
 
i sweat very easily. its very annoying at school. Its summer now and i have to stay under sun during morning assembly for long time. I get all drenched in sweat through my shirt and underwear.

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