getting Lidoderm to stick?

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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 2/22/2012 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
For those of you on here who use Lidoderm patches, have you ever had trouble getting them to stick? I find when I put one anywhere that gets substantial motion or any friction (like under the waistband of my pants) comes off within a few hours. They also instantly come off if I start to sweat. Has anyone found a way around this?
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

PAlady
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   Posted 2/22/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Heather,
I use them periodically. Have one on my lower back now. I find I have to be careful to put it on without any wrinkles as mine's around the waistband area, too. It's tricky because I live alone and have to put them on myself. I tend to wear them at night (12 hrs on/12 off) as there's less movement than during the day. I think when we're sweaty anything is going to have trouble sticking, but you might ask a pharmacist for what type of tape might help keep it on.

Good luck!
PaLady

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   Posted 2/22/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I do have a problem with them staying in place (as well as with flexor patches). During the warmer weather, I'll often sleep shirtless, but then moving around in bed will get them to bunch up. Sometimes, I'll discover that my pillow or sheets ended up the beneficiary of the medication through the night.

One strategy I've tried is to cut them so that they will adapt better to motion. For instance, at the curve between the base of my neck and shoulder, rather than wrapping them around, I'll cut diagonally and just leave off a piece.

Tape will likely help, but as PAlady notes, you should talk to a pharmacist about the right type -- probably a compromise between soemthing that sticks well and something that might leave a rash. You can also try just a few bandaids. I have these "sheer" type made by bandaid-brand. They stick very well and don't leave a rash. Perhaps put one on each corner?
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   Posted 2/22/2012 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to use them, but stopped just because of the problem of getting them to stay.  No matter what I did, they never made it through the night.  In the day time, it was just as bad.  When I first used them I was smack in the middle of menopause (Oh the horror), so nothing stuck to me but various things the wind thru my way, and that only stayed because of sweating, not to mention, it was trash of some kind paper, etc. nothing I wanted to stick to me.
 
Now, I am past the horror of menopause, I may try them again, with the clear tape.
 
Good luck to all of us,
Kathy
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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 2/22/2012 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I know my fentanyl patches have a hard time staying, and as I am allergic to most tape, we had to buy Medipore tape that my pharmacist gets in for me. Also, I found that putting the patches on my upper arm, just below the rounding of my shoulder, and switching sides and lowering it keeps me from having bunching or them falling off.

Now I just put tape around the edges if I am not going to be swimming. If I will be in water for extended time, I put tape over the whole thing.

Talk to your pharmacist first and see what they say. I hope you find an answer soon.
Mindy
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 2/23/2012 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I use Lidoderm patches quite a lot and do not have trouble with sticking, but if I did, I would first try paper tape.  That has always worked the best for me in the past.  I agree with asking the pharmacist, but I offer the suggestion of paper tape, as, in my nursing career, that worked the best for my patients.
 
I wish you all luck who use the Lidoderm.  I think they are great and work instantly for me with my backpain.  Nothing has ever acted that quickly for me before.
 
God bless to all my friends on Healing Well.
 
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Heather Lynn
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   Posted 2/23/2012 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the suggestions! I might start with the paper tape as I have some and I know it doesn't give me a rash.

Lindaloo, good to see you! I have had great success with Lidoderm, and my PCP was practically doing a happy dance when she heard this, as my pain control was not great before we added the Lidoderm. I know it doesn't work for everyone, but when it works, it works!
Fibromyalgia, low back pain/SI joint dysfunction, anxiety, obstructive sleep apnea, endometriosis, asthma

Lindaloo
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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Good!  I hope the paper tape works for you.  Let us know, so others may benefit from your experience one way or the other.
 
I also use a TENS unit sometimes, and that too, does help.  Just FYI.
 
Good luck!!
 
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Linda
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