I have been using the patches for years. There are two different kinds. Do you have the ones that are more oblong and can actually see the gel inside? Or do you have the more square ones that just look much like a piece of tape? Either one I put on my upper arm and have had good "stickiness". Never try to put one if area has been cleaned with alcohol without thoroughly rewiping it with clean water. Also, hold the patch (where ever you put it) in place for at least 30secs - 1min.
Hope this is of some help. Good luck!
Chronic Pain Moderator
Dx-Gallstones at age 14 that caused Fibromyalgia in 1998. Chronic Pancreatitis at age 15 from Pancreatic Divisum. Fell down cement basement stairs on my bottom in 2001. Got severe migraines after the epidural from my 2nd childbirth in 2002. Was rear-ended by a lady doing 55mph in 2004 then 2 months later rolled my car down a hill and did even more damage to my back. Depression caused by having chronic pain. Asthma from allergies.
meds- Suboxone for pain, Cymbalta for pain and depression, Lyrica for pain and migraines, Imitrex for migraines, Ibprofen for migraines, Ventolin Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Phenergan for nausea, Seroquel for sleep.
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." -Mother Teresa
I use tegaderm bioclusive dressings ( it's the stuff they use to cover IV sites in the hospital). You can buy it at any medical supply house or some pharmacies carry them as well. I buy mine off ebay in large lots of 50 or 100 covers at a time, to save a lot of money. I use the 10 cm x 12 cm ( 4 inches x 4 3/4 inches) for the 100 mcg patches and the smaller ones for the 25 mcg patches. The 4 inch ones are 1626W is the id number for the ones by 3 M that I use.
I know that nexcare also makes one , those you can usually find in any pharmacy in the dressings section, but they can get expensive, something like 12- 14.00 for 5 of them.....so I use ebay as I said instead, much cheaper.
There is also something called opsite that you can buy in medical supply places but it can be a bit awkward to use. You can cut to the sizes that you need, but you have to have two hands available to remove the backing and put it in place and then peel the backing off.