Switch From Hydrocodone To Fentanyl 12

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Trish Says:
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I started seeing a pm Dr after having major surgery on my shoulder 7 weeks ago. My surgeon listens to some gal in his office and had cut me from dilaudid down to hydrocodone leaving me in a lot of pain especially during 3x week therapy. The pm Dr put me on fentanyl patch 12 with nothing else. I had been taking 4-6 hydrocone 7.5 a day but now only have the patch. I have been feeling wds and the patch is not doing anything for pain and I cannot see pm for a month. I think I made a big mistake. How much hydro is the equivalent to the 12 mcg patch every 72 hrs ?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Trish! How are you?

Fentanyl is the strongest opiate that's available, so the patch is equivalent to just a small fraction of the Hydrocodone.

The FDA classifies this medication as a narcotic analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation.

However, it could be that the Fentanyl doesn't work for you. Not all medications work for everyone that tries them.

How long have you been on the patch?

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Bethwsh Says:
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Don't you mean the hydrocodone is equivalent to a small portion of the patch? Otherwise, if it is as you stated then the hydrocodone is the stronger of the two.

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