Originally Posted by wolftrades
This has been covered in a previous thread. The overwhelming opinion of this board is that there was intentional misuse of the patch. But based on the FDA advisory, that is not 100% the case.
What was your dosage? What was your previous experience with opiates prior to wearing the patch?
Perhaps you can share some more of your story for us who use the patch.
Alan and All,
I am new to this forum, so I hope everyone will pardon the redundancy of things I post. I did not know that this had been covered.
For me, there is no tomorrow when it comes to pain, so I had a history of abusing narcotics (MSContin, etc.). The doctor at the pain clinic I went through knew my history, but he still wanted to try the patch, and he got no argument from me. Because of my history, he prescribed the lowest dosage they made, but I do not remember what it was.
The first morning I got up, I suddenly found myself looking up at the ceiling (I had fallen, and fallen rather hard). I remember thinking, “I guess I just got up too fast.” I stood back up. I fell again. I went to the clinic and mentioned it to the nurse. The doctor was not in town that day. The nurse said virtually nothing, the patch helped, so I sure did not want to take it off.
The second morning, I did not wake up to the alarm clock. The hotel “wake-up” call did not rouse me. My wife’s constant calling did not rouse me. The hotel people banging on the door did not rouse me. (I was staying in a hotel by the clinic, obviously.) My wife called the clinic, trying to locate me. By then, it was almost 9 am, and I should have been at the clinic at 8. The clinic called the hotel and told them to go in and wake me. They could not wake me. I later awoke in a hospital not far from the pain clinic. By noon, I was lucid, and my doctor was there. It terrified him, and rightly so. I was too wacky to know to be terrified.
A few days later, we even tried the same dosage with me taking it off and putting it on, etc., but each time it was on, I would get dizzy. The doctor finally decided that it would not be in my best interest—or his—for him to prescribe the patch for me.
I did not
abuse the patch. I only had one, and I followed directions.
Again, I am sorry for the redundant post.