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. Christopher K. Sanchez says:
    1.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    Because of chronic pancreatites with very severe pain, I got Fentanyl 50 for the first time in early 2006 and changed every 3 days. After surgery and rehab at the end of 2006, I should abruptly stop the drug. After very strong restlessness states up to uncontrolled convulsions (especially when going to bed) I take fentanyl 25. It is not possible to stop.

    Side effects: No side effects
  2. Kim C. Carr says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Disc prolapse; Pain (chronic)

    the first 3 weeks I was pretty dirty, almost the whole time have lain. (lying down it was just fine, as soon as I wanted to get up I was sick). It continued for about 3-4 months with fatigue, malaise, sweats. After half a year, I was able to work again. But I do not keep it for 3 days, change every 2 days (in the morning), but the next night can sleep bad, I scratch my whole body. Every second evening, take 1 Fluninoc tablet for at least half a year to be able to sleep at least. Have lost in the last 3 years 24 kg, which was a welcome side effect.

    Side effects: Weight loss; Sweats; Nausea; Fatigue
  3. George B. Harper says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    In Oxygesic increasingly indigestion, stomach pain, therefore switching to fentanyl patch STADA. Since then: nausea (worsening), sleep disturbances (first night after patch change), sweating (occasionally), in each case on the third day pain increase

  4. Mario J. Smalls says:
    3.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    In spurts occurring significant sweats. Nausea on the verge of vomiting. Reduced thinking ability. discontinued. Withdrawal symptoms: I would like to blow up the world in this condition.

  5. Susan S. Dingman says:
    4.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (joint)

    As far as I can handle everything well. Sometimes I have constipation. But the bad thing is these terrible sweats. Often it is associated with simultaneous shivering. Strangely, I tolerated the medication for a long time. After years, these sweats came. For me, the hormones were examined, which are o.k .. So it will be due to the drugs.

    Side effects: Sweats; Constipation
  6. Kristina K. Callis says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (chronic)

    After an operation on the sternum, I suffer from chronic pain. I started with the strongest Tilidin, Katadolon and Saroten. Unfortunately, this did not help against the pain at all. So I got Fentanylpflaster 50 micrograms, change every 2 days, otherwise on the 3rd day the strong pain is back completely. If necessary I take ibuprofen 600mg and tramadol and in the evening 1 saroten (amitriptyline). On most days, I tolerate the patches quite well. At first I had constipation, now only rarely. Among other things, I have sweats now and then, fatigue, but what is bearable, worse are the days when you have depressive mood swings and anxiety, but thank God not too often occur. I have not been able to drive until now, but I will start again soon. Of the other drugs I have no side effects. But I usually do not even notice the analgesic effect of ibuprofen. Side effects are summarized by fentanyl: sweating, constipation, fatigue, anxiety disorders and depressive mood swings

  7. Jonathan M. Mann says:
    4.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Fibromyalgia

    After the dose was increased to 100μg / h 1 1/2 years ago, the pain is in a tolerable level, so that I can do without additional prescribed medications such as Lyrica, Mydocalm, Trancolong. I suffer from the following side effects: constipation, urinary symptoms, itching, tiredness, sweating

    Side effects: Itching; Sweat; Constipation; Fatigue
  8. Mayra R. Threlkeld says:
    4.0 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    So now I have been in treatment for 5 years because of my back pain so far I have always taken Oxigesic 20mg several times a day but since my back pain got worse I have now set to fentanyl 25μ / h and I have to say my pain is almost gone! Side effects with me are tiredness even when I get up in the morning I could sleep right back and my eyes are partially closed correctly. Well sometimes I have such a sense of disorientation and can not really grasp a thought. And last but not least, I sometimes have strong sweats at night, but all in all you can live with it just driving a car I leave at the moment.

    Side effects: Fatigue
  9. Tommy L. Villarreal says:
    2.5 rating

    Fentanyl for Pain (back)

    Constant tiredness and listlessness are lacking in motivation. Feeling of fear and feeling in the chest cavity no longer work as well as at the beginning of the treatment

    Side effects: Listlessness; Fatigue