About Fentanyl

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About Fentanyl

The active ingredient Fentanyl is used to relieve severe to very severe permanent pain. For this purpose, the pain patient is prescribed a patch that releases the active ingredient evenly over several days. Especially in cancer patients with cancer fentanyl is used in the form of these plasters for the treatment of chronic pain. However, the patches are not suitable for use in acute pain or pain after surgery.

What is the purpose of this ingredient?

  • relieve severe to very severe pain
  • Initiate anesthesia

That’s how Fentanyl works

Below you will learn more about the fields of application and the mode of action of fentanyl.
Please also read the information on the drug groups opioid painkillers, painkillers, to which the active ingredient fentanyl belongs.

Field of application of the active substance fentanyl

The active ingredient Fentanyl is used to relieve severe to very severe permanent pain. For this purpose, the pain patient is prescribed a patch that releases the active ingredient evenly over several days. Especially in cancer patients with cancer fentanyl is used in the form of these plasters for the treatment of chronic pain. However, the patches are not suitable for use in acute pain or pain after surgery.

For acute pain relief, the drug is used as an injection solution. In this form, it is used in particular for the induction of anesthesia before surgery. Fentanyl is given here in conjunction with a sleep aid and, optionally, a muscle relaxant (muscle relaxants).

Fentanyl is also used in the form of lozenges or nasal spray in acute pain, such as can occur in cancer patients despite a basic treatment with opioid painkillers. Since the active substance develops its effect very quickly via the oral and nasal mucosa, it can also alleviate this very severe pain immediately.

Fentanyl is a prescription and is subject to the Narcotics Act. Corresponding preparations can therefore only be prescribed by the doctor on a special narcotic prescription.

For the following application areas of Fentanyl , in-depth information is available:

  • Pain (severe to very severe)

Mode of action of fentanyl

Like the other opioid analgesics, fentanyl also activates the body’s painkilling system. Because of its close relationship to morphine it looks similar to this. However, fentanyl is about one hundred times more potent than morphine and its duration of action is considerably shorter. When administered to the veins, the maximum effect is reached after two to three minutes. This can also relieve very severe pain in a short time.

Potential Fentanyl side effects may include:

Fentanyl used to treat the following diseases:

  1. Frances A. Moore says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    I take now for almost 2 years fentanyl 50μg / h.eigentlich I come so well with some side effects. most side effects are fatigue, listlessness, mood swings, sweats, convulsions, from time to time nausea. the msiten side effects are bearable. But happy if i can live without it again, because they are very influential in my life.

    Side effects: Listlessness; Sweats; Nausea; Fatigue
  2. Rebecca R. Chastain says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Depression; Pain (acute)

    For all the drugs, fatigue was the side effect, but also soreness, dry mouth, thirst, loss of appetite and drive. Strong psychic and physical dependency on all medications.

    Side effects: Anorexia; Fatigue
  3. Richard A. Stolle says:
    4.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Depression; Polyneuropathie

    The plaster did not really help against the pain. it only took the tips. I’m trying this now only to endure, because I have discontinued the plaster. as a result, the dull pain has also increased a little. Since I am now attached to the neurological ambulance in Münster, I hope, through another, additional antidepressant that I was advised to get the pain and symptoms of my polynuropathy under control. one should look for good neurological ambulances, who are well versed in this area by sufficient experience, and do not rely on neurologists in the place of residence, but usually have more to do with epelepsiepatienten and the like. with me, the underlying disease HIV is added, so the polineuropathy. even my gait disorders have gotten worse by the drug. Also, about 14 – 16 hours of the day is not overslept by the yellow egg. that is not a quality of life!

    Side effects: Fatigue
  4. Nicholas M. Lewis says:
    4.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Polyneuropathie

    Now that I’ve tried all sorts of painkillers, the neurologist told me about fentanyl. I have, as far as the effectiveness of the drug is concerned, made very good experiences so far with it. The pain is reasonably bearable, the painless condition lasts about 62 hours, which is a huge step forward for my quality of life. Compatibility of the drug is in the middle range, as with all medicines. At the beginning I had hardly any side effects, but now manifest a few things that are also not unique, but probably due to fentanyl. The biggest problem for me is the chronic constipation (but can also be caused by other tablets), this thing is very difficult to deal with. I’ve tried all sorts of remedies … mostly without success. Increasingly stressful are the sweats, especially at night, these occur in alternation with cold sensations. The fatigue comes in turns, there are days full of resilience and others, where you could only sleep. Despite these things, I am very glad that finally a drug was prescribed that combats my pain.

    Side effects: Sweats; Constipation
  5. Richard D. Welch says:
    2.0 rating

    always tired and beaten, without desire and drive. very often

    Side effects: Listlessness; Fatigue
  6. Shirley B. Baldwin says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Fibromyalgia

    Had after about 12 days, the feeling, not to wake up. I just slept and was knocked out. However, when I was reasonably awake I felt really good. Finally, the pain was no longer felt. However, with regard to returning to work, Fentanyl was not an alternative – being awake at work is handy. So I dropped it, sometimes with a heavy heart, partially relieved. Further NW see below.

    Side effects: Vomit; Anorexia; Constipation; Fatigue
  7. Vernon J. Clark says:
    4.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    In the beginning Fentanyl is great but over a long period of time, like Fentanyl did not help me with the pain I was always tired and lost a lot of weight, I had no strength and no hunger anymore and that gets worse and worse , I was listless could not bring the simple sentences together, and my mood was down and over a period of over 10 years, the withdrawal of this stuff is quite terrible, in the beginning it is not so bad because the dosage slow but then it really starts when your body asks for fentanyl, your body shakes, you can not sleep and your whole body shakes, in a week I slept only 3 hours and that over a period of 6 months, at the end I still had 62 kg with a height of 1.83. My weight after one year is 88 Kg. and those are the consequences of weight gain and men having erectile dysfunctions just like me, I can only say one thing, Fentanyl is terribly dangerous for a long time, the withdrawal was hell and me I still struggle with the withdrawal, it is an addiction drug and I would have died near if I had not withdrawn

  8. Susan M. White says:
    4.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    I have only begun to use Fentanyl since the day before yesterday, was changed over by Jurnistica 32 (18 months treatment). At first I was really afraid of possible withdrawal symptoms, but I am pleasantly surprised. So far I have hardly any negative side effects except the feeling of having a heavy stone in my stomach; no itching, vomiting or any of the other problems so often described here, sometimes it gets a bit hot for me, but hey, it’s winter and saves me from having to add the chimney! At the moment I even feel that my pain is even more effectively muffled than Jurnista has been able to do; let’s see if it stays that way in the long term or if I only have two good days … I still dream of the remedy that makes it really painless!

    Side effects: Hot flashes
  9. Kristy S. Stevenson says:
    1.5 rating

    Hot flashes tiredness

    Side effects: Hot flashes; Fatigue
  10. Christopher C. Chatham says:
    3.5 rating

    ABSOLUTE DEPENDENCE ultrasound opioid analgesics, initially reduced weight loss due to decreased hunger, elches reduced with the degree of habituation, CAVE: oh, I can take one more, for sure … – I then coldly withdrawn 3x, but it’s good but nothing, it goes on again. TIP: who has to go through a withdrawal or I will advise a week flunitrazepam 1mg, then 0.5 and 2 weeks diazepam, 10, 5, 2.5mg and end. CAVE: whoever does not stick to it is then addicted to it. I now have 22OPs behind me, 20 of them on the r.Auge- I am a medical doctor myself and looking forward to the treatment of my hepatitis C was discovered 3 months ago. What would life be without a black card? PS .: WHO OVERDOWN LANDS UNDER THE EARTH

    Side effects: Weight loss; Drug addiction
  11. Mitzi R. Ray says:
    3.0 rating

    At first it was extreme with tiredness, mood swings, nausea, After a good two / three weeks, the side effects were up to the fatigue. The application is very simple. You just have to keep the times. I always glue every three days at 6 o’clock in the morning.

    Side effects: Mood swings; Nausea; Fatigue
  12. Dennis C. Wilton says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    I have often noticed with me sweats that suddenly occur without a burden was there weitwonder mood swings and I have a metal taste of silk very heavily loaded. Furthermore, a high Addictiveness is the case I noticed because I once forgot to renew the patch, it was quickly restless , Anxiety and insomnia.

  13. Beverly D. Flores says:
    3.0 rating

    With Diclo, frequent stomach pains until vomiting

    Side effects: Vomit; Stomach pain
  14. Donald A. Wright says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (acute); Pain (chronic)

    For decades I have had severe pain (cervical vertebrae and back) with constant headaches. For about 3 years I go to the pain therapy and take the Fentanyl patch 25 mg / h. Unfortunately, the dosage is no longer sufficient, so I’m now (since 3 weeks) to 50 mg / h. So much for dependence! As soon as the effect wears off, I have an inner restlessness associated with feelings of anxiety (then I can not stand still, have this tingling sensation in my legs). Common side effects include constipation, depression, sweats, insomnia. Would like to sell the patch (gradually, despite the known side effects), but there are comparable alternatives?

  15. Elliott C. Johnson says:
    4.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (joint)

    These are pain plasters from the family of opioids. The actual task of the drug, namely the pain suppression is excellently fulfilled, only with me the side effects were too strong. They expressed themselves in extremely severe depression, severe nausea, and complete insomnia. Insomnia has lasted until 2 weeks after weaning. Previously, I took a morphine (MST), which the doctor has coldly stopped when prescribing the fentanyl patch, so that still very strong withdrawal symptoms were added. And everyone who knows this, will understand that you can not stand both together. So after 3 days I stopped the bandages and did not take anything for 24 hours. Thereafter, with a reduced dose of MST, he got back in, and 1 hour later the withdrawal symptoms disappeared. That’s why I know first that it was.

    Side effects: Insomnia; Depressions; Nausea
  16. Jennifer D. Harris says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    Side effects included severe cramps, insomnia, restlessness and sweating. After weaning, the side effects resolved.

    Side effects: Insomnia; Unrest; Sweat