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Old 12-26-2007, 04:55 PM   #1
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how long does it take for a fentanyl patch to start to work

how long does it take for a fentanyl patch to start to work

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Old 12-26-2007, 05:12 PM   #2
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Re: how long does it take for a fentanyl patch to start to work

If memory serves me at all, when I tried them it took a day or so to make me sleepy then on the third day I got sicker than a dog. No fun puking when the pain is in the back. Good luck.

Old 12-26-2007, 06:44 PM   #3
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Re: how long does it take for a fentanyl patch to start to work

It usually takes about 12 hours before you will really start to notice an effect on your pain level. It will peak after 3 days but you still may continue to see an improvement in your pain relief over a weeks or so. Just don't be too quick to say it isn't working after a day or 2 because it really takes about 3 days to reach a peak level.


Old 12-27-2007, 01:33 PM   #4
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Re: how long does it take for a fentanyl patch to start to work

Have you been prescribed anything for breakthrough pain? This is pain that happens at various times throughout the day that spikes beyond what your around-the-clock med provides.

Usually, when starting on a drug like the patch they provide breakthrough meds to be taken occasionally until the med in the patch gets to the proper level in your blood. This is also a time to stay in touch with your doc, as your dose may need to be adjusted until the right dose is found.


Old 12-27-2007, 07:07 PM   #5
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Re: how long does it take for a fentanyl patch to start to work

Hi Tammie,
From my experience with the patch, I found that I was able to begin feeling relief slightly at 4 hours and with me it seemed to peak at about 24 hours. Everyone's body is different so I would assume you would recieve different opinions from the folks here that has been on them. I do believe depending on your disgnosis you are going to need breaktrhough meds as well, especially for the onset as well as day 3. Hope this helps.....JoJo

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