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.
Content Originally Published By: Yvette Brazier @ Medical News Today