I was wondering if anyone has changed brands of pain patches. I am currently on the generic brand made by Mylan. I am hoping it will level out and begin to work better for me but so far I am still not where I need to be...even on two 25mcg/hr patches. I have read & was told by the people at Mylan that the Duragesic patches & Mylan's Fentanyl patches actually work a little differently in how they dispense the medication. (and this can affect how well the patches stick to your body) for example, in Mylan's generic patches there is medication actually in the adhesive and they say that’s why many people have trouble with getting that brand to stick. Has anyone had any experience with this?? I was wondering if I should have my doctor write for the brand name Duragesic patches next time I get a script to see if it makes a difference. I would really really appreciate it if anyone has any feedback on this. Thanks!
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I'm sorry you are having trouble getting the right pain meds, it sometimes takes awhile and can get very fustrating.
I was on the pain patches for about a year, I was on the Duragesic, one day I went to pick them up and the pharmacy gave me the generic. She said the insurance won't cover the name brand anymore unless there is a problem.
I used one generic patch and could tell the difference right away, it didn't stick and made my arm swell up. Also I was getting no pain relief.
My doctor had to fill out a special form for me to take the name brand. When I went back to the name brand(duragesic) it was much better. I am not on the patch now but am using the liquid form for break thru with my oxy and so far so good.
Thanks so much for your reply. I am going to have my doctor write the script for the name brand next time to see if it makes any difference. I have already left a message for our benefits person to find out what I will have to do RE: my insurance tog et the brand instead of the generic. When you were on the patch did you find that it took a little while for the meds to build up in your system for you to get the full relief? I am hoping this will happen and I'll get some better relief soon. I have been doing the pain management dance for at least 5 years now and yes, it can be daunting!! It's a constant search for the right meds. My doctor swears the pain in my sholder blade area & right below if from the fibro but I am not convinced. I asked for an MRI of that area but he said no....so I am going to get a script from another doctor b/c I jsut want to be sure nothing else is going on. The majoirty of the pain symtom part of my Fibro has been relieved by the Lyrica I am taking so if this was part of the Fibro I would think it would be hlped by that also but who knows. Thanks again for the info!!
Thats a good idea to get a new script and get the doc to write (no subatutions)sp. The pharmacists told me to tell the doc to make sure he puts that on the script, I'm in Canada so I'm not sure if it works the same way there.
My pain specialist told me it takes about 6 hours after you apply the patch for me to start and get relief. I found it took a couple of days to really notice it was working. The doctor suggested until I start to feel the patch working to use 1 or 2 extra break thru(which was percocet) and than take break thru as I was before.
I hope you start to feel relief soon if you don't I would contact your doctor, its fustrating when the doctor says "give it more time" we know our bodies and whether its working or not!
Good luck and let m know how you are doing..
Have you all found nausea to be a problem while on duragesic patches? I have had a rough time...especially the first full day in. I get nauseated and feel hot, like a pass out/vomit sensation waves through my body....
Anyone have this?