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   Posted 5/6/2012 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just finished 15 days on the fent pactch 12.5mcg. Had no effect. On Thurs. i started 25mcg patches and I'm wondering what you think is a fair number of days of being on the 25mcg to know if this med is going to work.

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   Posted 5/6/2012 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I would read your insert and see what it says about how many days the patch takes to "peak" as a general guide, but also, ask your doctor. I'm on the 75mcg ones and it took about 2 weeks for me to feel the full effect, at least I think that's about how long because the pain reduced until a certain point, but then it sorta leveled off about then, and it seems to fluctuate now. I've been on this dose for about two months.

The patches work okay, but I've still got "break through" pain pretty often, which was expected but still sucks, I was hoping the patches would do more than they have. High hopes and maybe expectations I guess.

I've got meds for breakthrough though so that helps, do you? Also, what pain meds were you on previously? Depending on how high your tolerance is, that might be affecting things.

Post Edited (LexiRae) : 5/6/2012 10:54:19 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/7/2012 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried all narcotics and other categories of meds for pain and nothing has helped me. This was the last med I hadn't tried yet. So far no luck and if it's not going to help I am not going to keep on it and try highter doses and get into side effects. I will just stop taking it.


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   Posted 5/7/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Suzane when I was started on Fentanyl patches it was the 25mcg and within two hours of putting a patch on I could tell a little difference. Now, was I sensitive to Fentanyl, I don't know. We can be more sensitive to certain meds than others. I would give them 2 weeks, if you can't tell a difference by then I think its either stop them or try to go higher. I had to stop them at m75mcg because of side effects. Good luck....Susie

PS: I cannot remember have you been tried on Elavil?
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