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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Margaret D. Johnson says:
    3.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Depression; Pain (chronic)

    1.5 years ago I was operated on the breastbone for health reasons. Here, a metal strap was placed under the sternum and secured with stabilizers right and left to the ribs. Since then, I am suffering from very severe chronic pain. I take the following medicines: Fentanyl 100μg / h plaster change every 2 days; Sevredol 20 mg as needed most 3 times daily; Venlafaxine 375 mg once a day; Trimipramine 100 mg once in the evening; Arcoxia 90 mg 1 x am; Novalgin drops 4 times a day; Valiquid if necessary side effects I have the following: Sweats, constipation, depression, mood swings, irritability, restlessness

  4. Michael R. Young says:
    3.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    Tiredness, nausea, digestive effects, constipation and intestinal obstruction. Ingestion not uncritical, also considerable dependence potential.

  5. Jess N. Johnson says:
    2.5 rating

    Sweating, Since I change every 2 days, sometimes it comes to action highlights with mild nausea. Anyone who takes fentanyl or a different opiate or morphine, should know that it needs at deposition, absolutely a compensation. When weaning you should ask yourself, what means do I take then. Also, the follow-up makes dependent. I can only guess that any patient who needs strong painkiller, takes a pain therapist who enlightens. Many family doctor, is overwhelmed dami. After an accident and 4 years of hospitalization with 62 operations since 1966, I feel a little bit about doctors and their methods of knowing about medications. Always ask and ask again. Most already helps a combination with talk therapy. (For example, Autogenic Training) Through Fentanyl, I was almost fully involved in social life. At the time, I had 700 drops of Valoron, then Tramal, etc. Got stomach, intestines, etc. difficulties. Am now 62 years old, drive a car (which I was allowed to do after the acclimation)

    Side effects: Dependence; Sweat; Nausea
  6. Andrew L. Resch says:
    4.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Disc prolapse

    well-tolerated drug, careful risk high Physical dependence, only in unstable people also mental dependence (addiction). as a painkiller 100% efficacy. Always recommended. I myself have problems with the prescription of physicians, because with me a certain dependency developed. I think that the drug is one of the best painkillers on the market, I think helps against depression anxiety caused by severe pain in the course of the time arise. I was treated at the beginning of the lumbar disc herniation too long without appropriate painkillers so that a real pain problem was set up. Alas, no fear of opioids by a quick well-adjusted jar therapy hardly arise problems and fentanyl is really a very suitable medkament

    Side effects: Drug addiction; Dependence
  7. Anna J. Turner says:
    4.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Disc prolapse

    My pain level has become bearable. From former strength 7/8 I’m now through the pavement at 2-3. I can tolerate that. However, the NW increasingly burden me more and more. I do not remember when I was really awake the last time. The constant tiredness paralyzes all activities with me. In addition, reluctance to eat or lack of appetite and blurred vision has been coming for several months. Will try to find another solution with my pain doctor. NW: constant tiredness, loss of appetite, blurred vision, sleep disorders despite tiredness and sweating

    Side effects: Blurred vision; Anorexia; Fatigue
  8. Daniel E. Ware says:
    3.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Fibromyalgia

    The side effects are high, although the benefit is questionable. Furthermore, I think everyone should take good care to take fentanyl. Trying to stop this, withdrawal symptoms appear. For my part, I will reduce all medication and would rather sit in a wheelchair. Unfortunately it is not possible to help me better in this day and age.

    Side effects: Listlessness; Headache; Fatigue
  9. Eunice M. Smith says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    Fentanyl 50 patches Very easy to handle. Not 100% painless, but definitely better What are the side effects: fatigue permanently. Only sleep could sweat permanently and very extremely drowsiness, dizziness only the first few days.

    Side effects: Dizziness; Sweat; Fatigue
  10. Arthur M. Moreno says:
    4.5 rating

    After 3 OPs in the lumbar spine area, last time in 1999 a strong curvature of the lumbar spine was diagnosed with a right rotation. Over the years I was prescribed a variety of medications. Voltaren Dispers, Tramal, Valaron, etc. I am 57 years old and a stiffening operation would bring nothing. Now I had started with Fentany 25-100 as of 2000. Dizziness, nausea, vomiting and vomiting, depression Sweats I accepted because the pain was endured to 60%. Since 2009, my condition deteriorated considerably. In September 2009, I underwent a Facettendenervierung. Great !!! Unfortunately I had a traffic accident 14 days later. A truck drove on my Combi (what luck) no external injuries. After subsiding the impressions take my Schmerzattaken considerably zu.Befinde me z.Z. in the clinic for non-surgical medicine in Sommerfeld b. Kremmen. Here was the change from Fentanyl to Jurnista. The plaster did not bring the desired effect. Due to heavy sweating broke the plaster. The transition to Jurnista took four not so good days (withdrawal) The doctors help me but with a drug over this time. The Jurnista 32 can not stand it very well. Dry mucous membranes are a small evil. No nausea, depression has become less.

  11. Ellis C. Lopez says:
    1.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    with me almost no side effects on except occasionally juckreitz. When plaster change after 3 days, I have mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms.

    Side effects: Withdrawal symptoms; Itching
  12. Ann J. McNally says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Disc prolapse

    I suffer from withdrawal symptoms when I forget to change the patch. It starts to freeze and soon signs are like a flu. These include sore throat and fever. Add to that a UNREST in the legs, so that I can not keep it quiet. After gluing, these phenomena stop after about 1 hour. The doctors always say that you do not become dependent on this, edikamenr – I see it a little differently.

    Side effects: Withdrawal symptoms
  13. Robert L. Caggiano says:
    2.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    At Tramadol I was fit for 3 days in a row, I did not need sleep at night, which of course had a negative effect on my work. At Fentanyl, I almost spent 3 weeks lying there. until I got used to the worst side effects. However, I had to glue the plaster every other day to be painless. Sweats and insomnia has accompanied me throughout the years. Until I found a neurosurgeon this year who used 2 new discs and a spreader (this happened on 1 July 2009) after that I was not allowed to sit for 3 months; on the 22.09.2009 I am allowed to sit again for the first time. I have no back pain and since September 1st, 2009, I have not stuck any plaster and I’m fine.

    Side effects: Sleep disorders; Sweats
  14. Paul T. McMaster says:
    2.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (joint)

    Sleep disorders, restlessness, itching, fentanyl was abruptly discontinued after successful surgery (50). The side effects were worse than the OP. After 4 days of treatment with Aponal, it was started at (25). In the rehab then discontinued to 12.5. Now for about 3 weeks without plaster, but still o.g. Side effects. How long do you have to expect it? Who has experience with it. I would never take that again.

    Side effects: Unrest; Sleep disorders; Itching
  15. Rachael D. Baber says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (acute); Pain (chronic)

    Have Fentanyllollies against my breakthrough pain. Within a few minutes the pain is bearable and then disappears. The side effects are limited. For the first time I was dealing with respiratory problems, but these have diminished from application to application. But what is unpleasant to this day is the itching, which also lasts for a while. There are also slight nausea and dizziness. But rather these side effects than unbearable pain peaks.

    Side effects: Dizziness; Itching; Nausea
  16. Phyllis R. Okamoto says:
    4.0 rating

    I received Fentanyl for severe pain after rib fracture. I hardly had any pain anymore, only when lying on my side. I felt the easing of the effect after 3 days clearly. The side effect is only partially bearable. First of all nausea, lack of appetite, heavy sweating, constipation, tiredness, disorientation and in general the feeling to have int. After weaning, withdrawal symptoms such as restlessness, sleep disturbances, depression, listlessness and severe aggression were added.