Medications


Fentanyl Patch 62.5 mcg/hr

Uses

For pain.

Instructions

DO NOT take this medicine by mouth.

Avoid placing the patch near the breast.

Keep the medicine at room temperature. Avoid heat and direct light.

This patch should not be cut.

Remove old patch before applying new one. Change the location of the new patch.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about locations on your body where this patch can be used.

Remove the plastic liner that protects the sticky side of the patch before applying to the skin.

Apply the patch to a clean, dry, hairless area.

Do not shave the hair. It irritates the skin. If needed, use scissors to cut the hair close to the skin.

Do not use soap, oils, or alcohol on the area of the skin before applying the patch. Use only water and gently pat dry. Do not rub the skin.

Press the patch firmly for a few seconds to make sure it stays in place.

If the patch does not stick, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not cover the patch with bandage or tape unless instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

After removing the patch, fold it together and discard it out of reach of children and pets.

Wash your hands after applying the medicine.

Please ask your doctor or pharmacist how you can safely dispose of used patches.

If the patch causes a feeling of burning or pain at the location of the patch, remove the patch until the feeling goes away.

If the skin under the patch becomes irritated, remove the patch. Do not apply a new patch to the area until the skin feels better.

To avoid irritating your skin, use a different location for a new patch.

Apply the patch only to normal looking skin. Avoid areas of the skin that are red, have scrapes, or damaged.

If the patch falls off, apply a new a patch on a different location of the body.

Do not apply heat to the area with the patch. Avoid heating blankets, suntan beds, hot tubs, or other sources of heat.

You can bathe, swim or shower while wearing the patch.

Avoid activities that can increase the body temperature. Tell your doctor if you have fever.

Avoid touching other people around the area of the patch.

If the patch leaks any medicine, do not touch it with your skin. Wash the area of the skin with lots of water.

Avoid touching or scratching the area of the skin after the patch is removed.

To reduce constipation, eat high fiber foods, drink plenty of water and exercise.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

If your symptoms do not improve or they worsen while on this medicine, contact your doctor.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

This medicine contains an opioid. Though it helps many people, this medicine may sometimes cause addiction, especially if it is used for a long time. This risk for addiction may be higher if you have a substance use disorder - such as overuse of or addiction to drugs or alcohol. Speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should have naloxone on hand to treat opioid overdose. Teach your family or household members about the signs of an opioid overdose and how to treat it.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with breathing difficulties.

Call your doctor right away if you notice slow or shallow breathing.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

This medicine may cause dizziness or fainting, especially after exercising or in hot weather. Be very careful when standing or sitting up quickly.

If possible, avoid using with marijuana or other medicines that can cause dizziness or drowsiness. These include allergy/cold products, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, and pain relievers.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.

Call the doctor if there are any signs of confusion or unusual changes in behavior.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not take St. John's wort while on this medicine.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Please tell all your doctors and dentists that you are on this medicine before they provide care.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

This medicine is associated with increased risk of death in certain patients. Please speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medicine.

This medicine can cause serious side effects in some patients. Important information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is available from your pharmacist. Please review it carefully with your pharmacist to understand the risks associated with this medicine.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • agitated feeling or trouble sleeping
  • decreased appetite
  • constipation
  • drowsiness or sedation
  • lack of energy and tiredness
  • headaches
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • skin irritation such as redness, itching, rash, or burning
  • skin irritation where medicine is applied
  • stomach upset or abdominal pain
  • vomiting

If you have any of the following side effects, you may be getting too much medicine. Please contact your doctor to let them know about these side effects.

  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • hallucinations (unusual thoughts, seeing or hearing things that are not real)
  • low blood pressure
  • severe stomach pain that spreads to the back

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • breathing interruption during sleep
  • shallow, irregular breathing
  • confusion
  • muscle aches, spasms or abnormal movements
  • pale or blue skin, lips or fingernails
  • seizures
  • cold, moist skin
  • slow heartbeat
  • unusual or unexplained tiredness or weakness
  • difficulty or discomfort urinating
  • weight loss

A few people may have an allergic reactions to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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