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While fentanyl patches can be very effective for relieving chronic pain, sometimes keeping them from falling off presents quite a challenge. Since how to keep these patches on is a question that comes up here repeatedly, I've done some research and compiled what seems to be the best recommendations from other patients who have grappled with this issue. The patch manufacturers recommend that you clean the area with water, let it dry, then apply the patch. Unfortunately, that doesn't work for everyone. The location of the patch, natural skin oils, perspiration and body hair are all factors that may contribute to your patch not sticking well. The first thing to try is to make sure when you first put the patch on, you apply firm pressure for at least one full minute so the adhesive has a chance to warm up and establish a good bond with your skin. If you're doing that and your patches are still not sticking, what else can you do? Brand Name Duragesic Patch Users
Generic Name: FENTANYL - TRANSDERMAL Pronounced: (FEN-tuh-nill) Fentanyl TD Uses
This medication is used to help relieve moderate to severe
ongoing pain (such as due to cancer). Fentanyl belongs to a class of drugs
known as narcotic (opiate) analgesics. It works in the brain to change how your
body feels and responds to pain.
How To Use Fentanyl TD
Read the Medication Guide and, if available, the Patient
Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this
medication and each time you get a refill. Learn how to properly use, store,
and discard the patches. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or
Before you start using this medication, ask your doctor or
pharmacist if you should stop or change the dose of your other narcotic
medication(s). It may take up to 24 hours before you have pain relief from
fentanyl patches. For added pain relief, your doctor may direct you to also
When the kneecap is out of whack, doctors call the condition patellar malalignment . (The patella is the kneecap.) Patellar malalignment often goes undiagnosed. The author suggests that, when it is diagnosed, doctors are sometimes too quick to use surgery as the first treatment. There are two kinds of symptoms related to patella problems, slipping and pain. Patients who feel the patella slip, or even dislocate, usually have mechanical problems with their knee. Patellar pain, on the other hand, isn't fully understood by doctors. Many patients with patellar malalignment don't feel any pain. Others do. Factors such as an injury or overuse seem to trigger the pain. Other disorders may cause the pain, such as nerve or blood vessel problems or inflammation of the patellar tendon. And some conditions can cause patellar pain even when the patella is correctly lined up. The author discusses a number of ways to identify patellar malalignment. Foot problems, tightness of the muscles around the kne...
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