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Fentanyl Patch Remains Unsafe

Prescription Fentanyl Unsafe For New Opioid Users 

Fentanyl patch prescription is safer than in the past, but physicians are still not meeting the safety requirement that patients should already have some opioid tolerance.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid with a strength 100 times that of morphine. Previous exposure to an opioid is considered an important safety requirement for patients about to use fentanyl.

Normally, a transdermal patch delivers fentanyl continuously over 3 days. Originally available in 25-, 50-, 75- and 100-μg/h patches, a 12-μg/h patch was introduced in 2006, mainly for dose adjustment rather than initial use.

The 25-µg/h fentanyl patch is recommended for people who have already used an opioid equivalent to 60 mg of morphine a day for a week or more.

The adverse effects of fentanyl are potentially very serious. They include central nervous system depression, dangerously low blood pressure and heart rate, difficulty breathing and death.

Content Originally Published By: Yvette Brazier @ Medical News Today 

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