I am not sure that I would recommend someone starting the patch without trying all of the other oral pain medications. I have been on the patch for 4 years. I started at 25 mcg and am now up to 75 mcg and about to start the 100 mcgs. I have had problems with the patch falling off. I miss not having a hot bath or shower in 4 years. On very hot days, if you perspire the patched often have problems sticking. Then you have to add up the cost of a covering bandage, like a tegaderm if you find you need one. I certaining do and since I have too change my patch every two days the cost really adds up. Once the dressings fall off, trying to get them to restick is a (pain in the behind). If you don't restick the old one then you will be short dressings. In hind sight, I wish I had continued using either the methadone or the dilaudid. Either on would have beend less expensive and easier to use in the long run. You are only on the 12.5 mcg = please research your options carefully. You may be on the patch a very long time. Consider the experse should your insurance ever change. Patches are very expensive ocer the long run. Good luck with what ever you choose.
Are you criticizing me for going on the patch? I'm sorry if you don't approve of me being on the patch. Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, and Percocet didn't do crap for me. The epidural injections in my back didn't help at all. The patch has been a godsend for me. I am no longer in agony. I still do have some pain, but MUCH less than what I used to have while on the oral medications. I feel so much better.
I have not have had any problems with my patch falling off so far (it is made by Mylan). My Medicare plan D covers the patch. The co-pay is only $1. No problem there.
And I'll get some bandages to keep the patch on in the summer time. I can find them at Walmart. Shouldn't be hard to find.
And anyway, once your patch falls off you aren't supposed to restick it, as it will send more medication into you and you could OD. You're supposed to put on a new patch instead. At least, that's what I read in the instructions that came with the patches.
Anyway, have a wonderful New Year!
Born with hip dysplasia in left hip, 2 surgeries to fix it when I was a very small toddler.
Also, 2 injured discs in lower back at L3-L4 and at L4-L5.
Zyprexa 5 mg
Wellbutrin XL 150 mg
Klonopin 2 mg
Neurontin 600 mg 3x a day
Norco 10 mg/325 mg
Robaxin 750 mg 1-3 tablets a day
Ibuprofen 800 mg
Fentanyl Patch 12 mcg/hr