Tuesday, 21 May 2013

How to apply Fentanyl patch?

Applying Fentanyl Patch
  1. Do not cut or use when it is damaged.
  2. Apply firmly to non-hairy skin.  Hair may be cut but not shaved before application, as shaving may remove some skin and increase absorption.
  3. Do not apply to broken skin, hairy surfaces or on areas of the skin that have received recent radiotherapy. Before application, clean the skin of the desired site with clean and cool water and dry the skin completely.
  4. You may only use ONE patch at a time and it may only be left on the skin for 48-72 hours (2-3 days) unless directed otherwise by your doctor. Date the patch using a permanent marker pen with the date of application.
  5. When changing patch, remove the old one before applying the new one. You should replace patches at the same time of the day each time you replace it. Use a different site with each change. You may re-use the old site after 5 to 7 days. 
  6. Avoid activities like saunas,use of hot water bottles, sunbathing or very hot baths, especially on the application site.
  7. You can swim or shower while you are wearing a patch. If the patch loosens, apply Micropore® tape to hold it in place. If the patch falls off before 72 hours after application, dispose of it properly
Points to note when using Fentanyl

The medicine may affect your mental and physical ability to coordinate. Thus, do not drive or operate any machinery.
Adverse side effects : Low blood pressure, slow heart rate, inability to breathe, constipations

Disposal of Fentanyl Patch

Patches should be folded with sticky sides together, wrapped and disposed of by placing in the garbage. Do not allow children to come into contact with the patches, as there have been reports of children dying from accidental use of these patches.

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