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    Old 11-06-2013, 06:06 AM   #1
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    Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    This is my first time using the Fentanyl Patch(25). I have tried butrans with only urinary retraction to deal with. I have been on norco 10s for about a year 2-upto 4 a day due to pain. ..As everyone knows- there are good days and bad days! Lyrica and Zanaflex too. My question: Headaches! How long will they last? And how much time should I give them before enough is enough? The pain relief is GREAT compared to before use- no other side effects~ I don't feel funny or buzzed; just not hurting.. I feel like a normal again- for once! Please respond if you know anything about these awful headaches- and how long until they subside! --- THank you in advance! ;; Dew.

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    Old 11-06-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    Dear dewxx, Welcome to healthboards! Im sorry that you are having pain for a decade but glad the patch is helping you & you feel normal again, excluding the headache of course. When i first started wearing fentanyl patches my dr said that i should call him right away if i had any side effects or problems with the patch. The dr should know if this is something that will subside with time or what to do & if the patch is the headache culprit. I hope that you feel better soon!

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    Old 11-06-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    Dear xxdewxx

    I get headaches too sometimes with the patch,(I call them narcotic headaches) If I take 2 or 3 Tylenol it usually it helps. I have Percocet for bt, but don't use it for headache. The straight Tylenol usually helps my headaches.

    If you havnt tried Tylenol/or ibuprofen, and it is not contraindicated for you for any reason-try it. Ofcourse if they persist, call your doc.

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    Old 11-06-2013, 08:53 PM   #4
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    I would put a call into your doctor to let them know. But if you can manage, stick it out for a few weeks. By then you should know if this will subside, or is likely to continue. Usually with headaches with Fentanyl it would subside over days or weeks, but sometimes it continues (or folks can't tolerate it long enough to see).

    I agree to try an otc analgesic if you can typically take them, but I wouldn't take them more than a few days in a row or more than a few days a week, as that can actually cause a rebound headache (which wouldn't stop until you stopped the medication, and you wouldn't be able to tell if the fentanyl headache went away).

    So glad the medication otherwise seems to be helping. Don't fret if it doesn't work out for you though, as there are many other options which can be helpful. Also, if the patch is relieving all or nearly all your pain, it could be too high of a dose...usually more like 50% is a reasonable goal. Higher pain relief requires a higher dose, which can lead to more side effects and build your tolerance quicker.

    They do make a 12.5 mcg/hr patch, so that could be an option to ease into it more. You could tell your doctor you are having side effects and ask if you could try the lower dose for a few weeks then step back up if needed? How long have you been on the patches so far? Going from 20-40mg/day hydrocodone to 25 mcg/hr fentanyl is a very huge step, as it is the strongest opiate pain med. Best wishes.
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    Old 11-06-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    Hi xxdewxx, A long time ago,13 years, when i was changed from norco 10 mg to fentanyl patch there were only 2 long acting meds to change to & i had ulcerative colitis then & didnt absorb oral meds very well so the drs chose fentanyl patch for me but there are several now & it is quite a jump in strength from hydrocodone to fentanyl. My dr would want to know & i agree with kate that calling the dr may be beneficial so that you know what he thinks is the best step for you to take next. I hope that this is something easily fixed & you can continue to feel better from the pain! God bless you!

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    Old 11-07-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    Hi xXDewXx,

    I get headaches from a lot of different medicines and what helps me the most if it is not a migraine is fioricet. Sometimes I take it along with ibuprofen.
    Usually if my headache is medicine induced it goes away after being on the medicine for 7-10 days.
    I would call your doctor if it last much longer or if it gets really bad.

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    Old 11-07-2013, 07:00 PM   #7
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    My HEADACHES(ouch) are definitely med related-but I don't get them often-

    I know this type of headache I am referring to is med related because of the "type"
    of headache - it is much different, than say, the type of headache I get SOMETIMES, during my cycle-if this makes any sense-lol

    I can tell the difference. The straight otc analgesic Tylenol or advil remedies it. I have been on the patch for sometime now and will still get that type of headache sometimes-so, it is not always true that the headache(this type) will go away after any time, but since I don't get them daily, it is a side effect I can manage.

    Since you are new with the patch your experience may be the same or quite different. In the event they never subside and this is new since you started the patch-tell your doctor because that would be a problem-indeed. But don't make yourself feel you have to call in for every thing-only if you feel you do-for any reason,especially if you have read the pamphlet that comes along with your patch and hopefully your Specialist has reassured you about side effects and when you should be alarmed-If your headaches are severe and persist-you probably don't need me to tell you to call your prescribing doctor.

    I hope by sharing my experience as far as headaches and the fentanyl patch somewhat reassures you.
    I do hope they work out for you as they do for me-thankgoodness these headaches don't plague me, I would be very disappointed because they do control/manage my pain pretty reliably.
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    Old 11-10-2013, 05:39 AM   #8
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    Re: Someone Please Reply! ~Fentanyl

    Dewex,
    I personally have used fent patches now for 5 years with great success. Are you getting the headaches all the time ? If not explain when they occur and have you noticed a cosistant pattern when they occur. If your body responded well with the Norco , hydrocodone and acetaminophen , You may want to consider talking to your pain doctor about the newly approved Zohydro ER. If your unaware of Zohydro ER it is (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release capsules). That is straight hydrocodone. It was just approved by the FDA Oct. 25, 2013. " http://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm372287.htm". It is made by Zogenix

    Since your new to the fent patches here is a tip if you do continue using the patch. If you get the generic Mylan brands you can contact Mylan and they will provide you with free askinaderm overlays. With using the overlays it makes showering and bathing and even swimming less stressful because your not having them fall off etc. From many years of experience I personally don't suggest putting a overlay on immediately following applying a new patch. With not getting to specific it increases the heat were the patch is applied and due to the increased temperature it can release to much med into your system. In the Summer time is when I really noticed it.

    Live strong and feel good ....,

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