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Shannon,

Everyone responds differently to meds. You may not experience any of those side effects, or may have all of them. Going from Hydrocodone to Fentanyl is a pretty big jump. However, I have seen bigger.

It would also depend on how much hydro you were using before the switch. My calculator does not include hydro for converting to Fentanyl, so I used oral morphine since it has about a 1:1 ratio. It shows oral morphine between 60-134 mg daily would be right to start at a 25mcg patch.

If you are too concerned, then I would speak with your doctor. There are other long-acting meds before fentanyl that are available. Either way, it all really depends on how you react to it. I have known people that have switched from hydrocodone without any problems. And others that switched from Oxycontin and had side effects from the fent. It will take about 24 hours, until the dose is starting to take full effect.

I mentioned the side effects, not to scare you, but because some people do experience them. I don't use the fent patch, but used to. I never got any nausea from it, but did have some sedation.

Good luck with the patch. Just keep your doctor informed as to any side effects that are causing a problem.

Take care.
brianpain,
I was taking 3 hydos per day at 5/500. Then, they weren't doing anything for the pain and I was put on 10/325 of the Norco. Those were a little better, but they were making me very sick. So, I went to my doctor yesterday and he discussed my options about pain meds. At first, he mentioned morphine, but I am completely against that. No way, no how. So, he brought up the Fentanyl Patch and I asked him a few questions about it, but not enough to ease my mind. I didn't have the time since I had to take my kids with me(they were out of school that day). So, I decided on the Patch and he also gave me 5/325 of the Percocets for the breakthrough pain.I
I also have Ultram(50 mg), but was told by the doctor that I shouldn't take it with the other meds because it could cause it to decrease the effect of the other meds. I didn't know that. I was taking the Ultram along with the Norco, so maybe that's why it wasn't working that well.
Someone asked what brand of the Patch I was on. It's the Watson brand and it's 25mcg. I read that the Watson brand was the best. I hope this is true.
Well, thank you all to those who replied and gave me insight on this medication. Hope everyone has a great Easter.
Shannon
[QUOTE=shannonjord08;3498479] At first, he mentioned morphine, but I am completely against that. No way, no how.

I also have Ultram(50 mg), but was told by the doctor that I shouldn't take it with the other meds because it could cause it to decrease the effect of the other meds. I didn't know that. I was taking the Ultram along with the Norco, so maybe that's why it wasn't working that well.

You should not have really been "freaked out" by him mentioning morphine. The Percocet is 2x as strong as morphine. There are alot of people that think Morphine is super strong or the strongest narcotic medication available. I forget how many times stronger the fentanyl patch is but let's just say it is ALOT STRONGER THAN MORPHINE. I know that morphine is the "gold standard" when it comes to narcotic medications. I am sure that others can fill you in on morphine details.

As for the Ultram making the other medications less effective, I did not know this either.I am not sure that your doctor is right on this one but others will let me know I am sure. Please be careful if you are taking Ultram because you WILL EXPERIENCE WITHDRAWAL IF YOU STOP TAKING IT COLD TURKEY. My doctor told me to stop it cold turkey to but I told him that it has anti-depressant effects so stopping it cold turkey is NEVER A GOOD IDEA:nono::eek: Let us know how you are doing on the patch and getting off the Ultram ok? We are are a kind of family community here and look out for each other. Take care and have a GREAT EASTER :)

Brian