Mallinckrodt Fentanyl Patch

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Patti Says:
Does anyone know how it is made? Does it have the medicine woven into the fabric of the patch or is it in a pouch form? Thank you

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Verwon Says:
No, I'm sorry, due to the risks of then being abused, such as people trying to smoke the medication from a patch, they no longer publicly list the specifics of its make up.

They are really only required to list it with the FDA safety filings anyway, so they can get away with doing this quite easily.

Learn more Fentanyl details here.

Have you gotten some manufactured by them from your pharmacy?

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jimmycann Says:
If the patch has a gel filled pouch....what would the gel be there for if it wasn't impregnated with the medicine?

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Richb69 Says:
I have been using Fentanyl patches for about 2 years, the 75 Mcg. I usually get the Mylan brand. Drug store was low on the Wty they had so I went elsewhere. This store had the Mallinckrodt brand patch. I changed the patch and about 18 hours later I started to feel bad and pain was getting worse. It was downhill from there. Seems like this brand does not work nearly as well. I have also tried Teva brand I think it was, no real problem with those. Has anyone one else heard about this "problem"? I don;t know what to do about this and I am NOT well now at all !!!

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Latelisa Says:
I've only tried the fentanyl patch once for a week. It was the mallinckrodt and I had to take the rest back to my doctor and go back on methadone. I had high ope for the patch but not only did it not take the pain anyway, I actually felt like I was in early stage withdrawals. I am doing research on the net to find out if it was just the brand or the system in general.

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Patti Gettis Says:
Hi...I am having trouble finding out how the Mallindchrad Patch is made. Is the fentanyl
"woven" into the patch like the Mylah Brand or is it in a "pouch" form. Seems the Mylan brand which is a woven material w/medicine in it works best for me but need another source of the "woven" brand as Mylan is shorting the drug stores , in network and out, close to a $100 bucks when reimbursement time comes around. Ma &Pa drug stores cannot afford this nor should they have to. I end up scrambling for Myland patches and it is stressful at best. Makes it look like I am "shopping" for the drug, which I am,l but not in that way. Do tell kids....any "woven" style patches out there??? Larger chains doh't seem to care but never have the quantity needed. I wish someone in Congress would do testifying on the hill about the patient made to feel like a criminal Getting really, really old. Again - thanks

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peaches1959 Says:
I absolutely agree, i have chronic bone pain from a rare disease i have had since childhood, that is getting worse than it used to be. When I say the patch does not work (now know that can be a fact) you are made to feel like an addict wanting more drugs for a buzz. I remeber a time when your doctor was allowed to decide according to your medical needs what and how much pain medicine to prescribe, now they are also made to jump through hoops to give their patients narcotic pain meds. Do the people who judge this even have a medical degree and in my case know how my disease actually affects my quality of life?

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Rich Says:
I do know that CVS drug stores do carry the Mylan brand ( at least around here, S.E. Penn) which I believe works bestest of the 3 brands I have used

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Rich Says:
The Mallinckrodt brand is made I believe of 3 layers, the bottom one against the skin has the glue on a "membrane" type plastic that regultes the drug flow, the next layer is the drug and the top is just a plastic strip. I saw a diagram of it somewhere on the web, cant remember where.

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Malgal4now Says:
I've used every generic of FENT patches & only Mal and Myl have worked for me (they last 3 days or 72 hrs & other generics ran out at @60 hrs!) tho I have not used them other than on skin. Without these I would be in hospital on IVs fro pain - or dead - due to severe lupus, RA joint pain plus whole body hurts like hell. I often wonder why the heck I have this!

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Bozo Says:
I also have Lupus. Mine effects my internal organs and inhibits my ability to obsorb any form of calcium, therefore it has left me with very brittle bones resulting in a total cervical spine fusion (with 2 rods) and lower back fusion. When they fused the cervical spine, they inadvertently pushed a disk out and caused it to protrude into my esphosgus. Now I get food stuck in my throat (because the Lupus causes esophogical spasms) and end up throwing up until the stuck food is dislodged. Fun, right? I have been on fentanyl patches for over 8 years with great control of my pain. This month I was given a new brand by Mallinckrodt - to the tune of $800.00 + and I feel like I am in withdrawal and my pain is way out of control! Anyone else having this experience with this brand and if so, what did you do resolve it? Thanks any help would be useful.

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Rich Says:
I had the same problem with the Mallinckrodt, they just did NOT work with me for some reason. Skin Chemistry? Call your Doctor NOW and tell them so you can get them switched. You are NOT going crazy.

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Chrissy Says:
Since they changed all the good pain meds because of( drug addicts , they say) none of the gel or others worked for me ! They changed the drug I think. I was put on OxyContin 3 a day & I could function again ( I've dealt w chronic pain for many reasons for 15 yrs.then they changed OxyContin , I suffer everyday because of drug co. And new laws. I put on 66 pds.cAuse of having to sit , I can't do much my dr gives me daulidid & Valium & exalgo( that don't do Anything .i need help & I'm on nj Medicad they won't give me FENTYNOL in taffy or spray so I suffer & get fatter ! Someone please look out for real chronic pAin patients ? 15 yrs Ive been dealing w all this bull my chronic pain dr for 15 yrs said THERES nothing else he can give me thAts stronger? Really?

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Daryl Says:
No, and they don't care, politicians know whats best for us these days... Hate to bring politics into the discussion but that's the truth.

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dalezduhman Says:
i was also prescribed the mallinckodt fentanyl patches 50 mcg yesterday for the first time by my pain specialist because the morphine medication he had me on was not working to relive my pain i can honestly say the morphine worked better then these patches do i applied one yesterday exactly 24 hours ago and havnt been given not a single once of relief to be quite honest i cant even tell that i am wearing this patch. needless to say when i call back in 10 days to let him know how the medication is working im going to give him the BIG thumbs down and tell him i want something else because this name brand of patch is a complete joke.

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Lisa Says:
For all of the non-gel type patches the drug is actual "mixed" in the adhesive which is why they call them a "Matrix" patch. Drug and adhesive are in a matrix form which means they are not separate layers but not exactly mixed together either. I wrote a while back complaining about the Mallincroft patch not working. I decided to give the patch another go but a different brand. Rite-Aid carried the Mylan brand and I tried out the 50mcg size. It was definitely better than the Mallinkroft but it also turned out that the 50 mcg was just not strong enough. The 75 mcg was better but still not enough. I am now on the Mylan 100 mcg and all is good. I am so happy with the patch because I am barely aware that I am on a heavy drug I guess because it is absorbed at a continual level and there aren't the up and downs with taking pills. I also found that with the right dose my pain control was much better than the Methadone. Some days I feel almost normal. ;) I do believe that the conversion rate that is given for the Fentanyl patches is overly cautious. The recommended cross-over isn't right. They even tell you not to use the recommendations in reverse i.e. substitute the fentanyl with another opiate using the other opiate to Fentanyl conversion chart. Anyway, I ended up at twice the amount the conversion chart said but I did go up one step at a time.

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Alison Says:
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You have adhesive then the drug release membrane then the drug then the film

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Joey Says:
I know this is an old post but some pharmacy's are ripping off customers

(15) 100mcg Watson Patches
My pharmacy billed Cigna .$282.95 and got paid $267.95

(15) 75mcg Watson's $186.23

(15) 50mcg Watson's $121.40

(15) 25mcg Watson's $63.02

People don't let any pharmacy rip you off if you don't have insurance. These prices are from 2 different pharmacy's that billed my insurance. Same prices.

One Pharmacy tried to bill $490 for (15) 100mcg Watson but was only paid $267.95.
Same rip off pharmacy wanted to charge me $150 for (1) box of 25mcg. That's 5 patches for people who don't know. The patches come in a box of 5 patches.
These rip off pharmacy's need to be reported for price gouging.

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Pachiqua54 Says:
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I take the 100mcg fentanyl patch for back and hip pain. I have had surgeries as well as the spinal cord stimulator.

Here in SC, they are not prescribing the hydrocodone orally for breakthrough pain any longer. Just increasing the Fentanyl. This time I got Apotex brand and did not like them at all. The adhesive sticks to your clothes and the patch will pull off if you are not careful.

I much prefer the Watson brand.

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TX4ever Says:
Is mallinckrodt 50mcg fentanyl patches equivilant to Duragesic brand name 50mcg patch? I was told by the pharmacy (mom &pop--only ones who had the fentanyl patches when I was put on them a few weeks ago) that I was given the wrong brand in beginning so now I have the 'malli' brand and I put it on next tues. I see that it has way less fentanyl in it (don't understand how that can be??) so I'm scared that it won't work near as well and I'll go through w/d's. Any experience/advice on if it'll be the same, would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

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itybit Says:
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They just suck bad and prolly will wd so find a place that doesnt sell malli ... waste big time

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