Duragesic Patch Cautions
Side effects include, but may not be limited to:
- Dry mouth
- Clammy skin
- Small pupils
- Abdominal discomfort
- Loss of appetite
Users are warned to avoid exposure to external heat sources such as heating pads and electric blankets, hot tubs, heated water beds, heat lamps, etc., because of a potential for temperature-dependent increases in fentanyl release that may lead to an overdose.
Hypoventilation is one of the most common serious adverse side effects. Hypoventilation is breathing that is too shallow or too slow and is therefore not adequate to meet the needs of the body. It also causes reduced lung function. Hypoventilation results in an inadequate oxygen supply getting into the bloodstream due to a rise in the carbon dioxide level.
Duragesic Patch can be habit-forming and addictive, and is therefore not for use by those who have not used any kind of opiate painkiller before. Fentanyl slows down the nervous system.
The Duragesic patch should also not be used on children under 12 years of age or in children under the age of 18 who weigh less than 110 pounds.
Extended use of the Duragesic patch can lead to an addiction or dependence, both physiological and psychological, to fentanyl.
A boxed warning indicates that Duragesic is not to be used in the following circumstances:
- To manage acute or postoperative pain, including pain after outpatient surgery.
- For mild or intermittent chronic pain that can be managed with less powerful drugs.
- At a dose higher than 25 micrograms per hour.
- By children under age 12.
- By patients under age 18 who weigh less than 110 lbs.
See your doctor if you suffered an adverse side effect while using the Duragesic Patch.