Treating fentanyl transdermal patch overdose
Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opioid analgesic prescribed for the treatment of chronic and severe pain. Pharmaceutical grade fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
Fentanyl’s high potency significantly increases the chance of experiencing an overdose or otherwise severe symptoms. Fentanyl Patch 25 / 50 mcg/hr
Signs of fentanyl transdermal patch overdose
- Feelings of euphoria and relaxation.
- False sense of well-being.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Drug-seeking behavior (doctor shopping, forging prescriptions).
What dosage is requiring for those taking Fentanyl transdermal patches?
Fentanyl transdermal patches come in a wide range of doses -from 12 mcg/hour to 100 mcg/hour. Patches are changed every 72 hours. Patches should be applied to the skin on a flat, un-irritated place of the body for safety reasons to avoid increasing the rate of absorption, resulting in a higher likelihood of overdose.
Know this before taking Fentanyl transdermal patch.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to fentanyl, or any other medications, or any of the ingredients in fentanyl patches. Ask your doctor or pharmacist or check the Medication Guide for a list of the ingredients.
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
- You should know that this medication may decrease fertility in men and women. Talk to your doctor about the risks of using fentanyl transdermal patch.
What special dietary instructions should I follow when taking Fentanyl transdermal patch?
Eating grapefruit and drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication may be a consideration but you will still need to discuss this with your doctor.
How legal is taking Fentanyl transdermal patch
- In the UK, fentanyl is classified as a controlled Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
- In the Netherlands, fentanyl is a List I substance of the Opium Law.
In the U.S., fentanyl is a Schedule II controlled substance per the Controlled Substance Act. Distributors of Abstral are required to implement an FDA-approved risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) program. In order to curb misuse, many health insurers have begun to require precertification and/or quantity limits for Actiq prescriptions.