Is It Okay To Chew A Fentanyl 50mg Pain Patch
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I've been prescribed fentanyl 50mg pain patches and i was just wondering if it's okay to cut one in half an chew on it?

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warin1 Says:
 
WTF - are you crazy??? DO NOT CHEW ON A PATCH UNTIL YOU WRITE YOUR OBIT FIRST!!! You defiantly don't know anything about opiates otherwise you wouldn't be asking such a stupid question. I agree with a lot of the comments about Chronic Pain Patients, like myself, and it's people like you that make it hard for us to get the meds we need to be able to live a somewhat pain free life and not just existing condition So write your obit and chew away cause someone is gonna find you dead!!!

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Infopls Says:
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WISHMAKER (# 23) --

How much did you chew? of the fentanyl patch, did you swallow it
Or chew it?

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warin1 Says:
 
DO NOT chew these patches!!!! You could overdose right there!!! Don't play stupid games with these. Sounds to me like your an ADDICT instead of a Chronic Pain Patient! I know because I have a daughter that is an addict and it's a shame what has become of her. All her veins are either scared or collapsed. She has stolen from me and is no longer welcome in my home. She now inject ridalian!!! Junkies have taken away the rights of Chronic Pain Patients and SHAME on you!!!!

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julie Says:
 
please dont ever do it. it will be the end of you. youll love it but its dangerous

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Klaitz Says:
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Roy (# 1) --

Yea you can chew on it... I wouldn't chew on over 100mcg though

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Fastvette Says:
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Patch release (# 70) --

Help, I have been on oxycodone 30 forever, doctor just put me on fentanyl 75 going on 3rd week.. still have pain don't feel the patch ... what is going on here?????

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FastVette Says:
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MCL (# 153) --

MCL, ur awesome, very smart! Love reading ur posts, u definitely knw what's what.. thanks for all ur advice!!!

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FastVette Says:
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Medic (# 144) --

Well said I agree 100%! That sounds way off to me....

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Sml Says:
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Being on opioids for pain is no fun at all. I've had seven surgery's for my left foot. It got an infection from ulcers and they had to remove several bones. Doc said there would be an 80% chance of me never walking again. I was wheelchair bound for 2 yrs. I didn't ask for any of that. I'm just upset at people that criticize us who are on drugs, like I wanted this. My doctor got me addicted to pills. I was on 90 mg of oxycodone ir... Every 6 hours. I was on that for 2 yrs and I had to get off of them. I did it myself ..It was not an easy task. I am now on 75 mcg of fentanyl patch every 72 hours. I just thought I'd add my thoughts on this post. Some of us didn't choose to be addicted to opioids. That was my doctor's doing. He prescribed them, not the man on the corner!!!

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Uncle Sam Says:
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No one makes anyone do anything. No one but the user would be responsible for their own death. Not a stranger that gave bad advice. Stupid liberal trying to point the finger. That's like saying guns kill people. So can a car and a knife, a pencil, pen, shovel and a baseball bat. That's like saying spoons made you fat. It's called free will. If the kid wants to chew it, regardless of what people say, and this person still chews it, this person is doing it on their own free will. Quit pointing fingers. People that commit suicide can't blame anyone but themselves. Bottom line. No one made that person kill them self. That person did it because they wanted to. Get an education.

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Pierce Says:
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I'm sorry about your daughter. That is horrible. Sorry for your loss. And as far as the people that sold it to her, they will end up in jail. All dealers do eventually.

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Mary Says:
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Hi. Sorry so late in discussion... But Real quick, do u always put it on ur arm? Is this the best place for it and does it always take 4-6 hours to kick in? Thanx for ur time!

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TiggersMN Says:
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No!!!! It's people who abuse fentanyl patches to get the medication quicker that just makes it so much harder for the people who truly needed it for pain control. If you need it for pain control and it's not working, it is time to talk to your doctor for a different and or stronger medication. Misusing fentanyl can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.

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Rob Says:
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My sincere condolences Liz. I truly feel for you. I lost my older brother through OD. He saw only 48 years old. Losing a child impacts on one's life tremendously. I witnessed my mother having a nervous breakdown over my brother's death.

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Rob Says:
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Thank you Jimmycan! I also posted a reply that is awaiting approval. Yes, it's offensive and totally out of line.

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Rob Says:
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I strongly suggest that you refrain from prejudiced remarks and from labeling everyone a "junkie". If you have something constructive to say, go ahead; be objective about it, but this is not the place for judgmental comments. There are genuine people here in genuine pain seeking answers from others with experience and knowledge.

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Rob Says:
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Was on the 100mcg matrix patch for 5 years every 3 dsys. Then they almost suddenly only lasted for 60 hours, then only 48. It was then that I decided to wean myself off these things that had such a massive control over my life. I started by cutting 2/3rds off (precisely measuring and cutting with a new exacto knife), then placing the 2/3rd piece (66mcg) on every 48 hours. The 33mcg left over would go on with the next 33mcg piece. I did NOT leave the old patch on!! This method still allowed my month supply (10 patches) to last just as long as it would have lasted using the 100mcg patch every 72 hours. It kept my pain under control without that horrible feeling of WD and unbearable pain coming on at 48 hours. It completely stopped the WD's that had become a bad roller coaster ride. I then stepped down to the 75mcg patches. I told my GP and pain specialist what I was doing and they didn't go off at me - in fact they were rapt that I took this step. Anyway, I suggested to my prescriber that I'd cut the 75mcg by 2/3rds and change them every 48 hours (that would be equal to a 50mcg patch every days). My GP said that he'd simply write a script for 15 of the 50mcg patches in order to save me cutting up the 75mcg ones. I've hardly noticed any difference in pain and didn't need anything for breakthrough unless I exerted myself. If and when that happened, I had the old 50mcg patch (still had plenty of Fentanyl in them). I'd simply cut that into 4 equal pieces and stick it to my inner cheek. It gave me relief within half an hour and lasted for a good 3 hours!!
I told my GP and pain specialist that I'd like to go completely off these, but they both said that my spine damage is very severe (it was fractured at the T12-L1, L2 - 3 and L4-5 levels back in 1981. I had 5 operations - fusions and laminctomies using plates and screws. I have a very deep stenosis at the L3-4 level that causes severe burning into my left thigh and knee, with paraesthesia and muscle atrophy in the quadriceps. Being 62, I'd rather not endure another operation.
So I'm going to continue with the 50mcg patches, changed every 48 hours.
I should mention that this cheeking business is kept to myself. This is the only time I shared it because I thought it might be helpful, plus it's on topic for those wanting to know if it's effective; I can state that, without any doubt, the drug does get into the system quickly via the buccal mucosa.
Most importantly, I feel I should suggest that, if you're going to consider doing this, make sure that you dry the inner cheek (adjacent to the upper molars) as well as possible, then quickly insert the small segment of patch then push the outer cheek as to make the patch make as good a contact as possible with the buccal - keep the pressure on for at least one minute (I press for 2 to 3 minutes). As to avoid swallowing, I go to bed and lie on the opposite side of the parch to avoid any spittle to wet the patch. Remember that you only want the Fentanyl to get into the blood stream - not the adhesive. You also don't want to have that entering your digestive tract. Fentanyl is lipophilic (mixes well in fatty liquids). It's bio-availabilty is extremely poor from the stomach down.
Most importantly, use extreme caution with regard to dose! Depending upon your opioid tolerance, you should always start with the lowest amount - everybody is different and Fentanyl is extremely powerful stuff.
If you get a stomach ache, it's because you're swallowing the stuff - and it's not the Fentanyl that's causing this! It's the adhesive and other crap that has no business being in your guts.
Finally, try not to leave it there all night long (in other words, you don't want to swallow it -
or worse - breathe it into your airways - in your sleep). This drug is not alimentary stuff (pun intended). It's dangerous if you are prone to risk taking behaviour. Be careful and stay safe.



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Joey Poem Says:
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I've been taking Hydrocodone 7.5 mg for 5 years now. I don't ever take more than 15-20 mg a day. Some days, I forget most of my doses. I definitely need the pills for a broken neck but I use the pills 'as directed'. I don't abuse them.

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Jazzy2014 Says:
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Dude just dont do it. I thought it would be a good idea and chewed about 1/2 of a patch and within five mintues i was shaking really bad. I thought for sure "ive done it now. This is going to kill me." Ive never been so scared. Its not worth losing your life over. I just stick with my tramadol now.

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MD Says:
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That's cause your a junky plain and simple you all have excuses or lie saying it helps more to chew them for pain relief.you keep telling yourself that.

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