How Long Does It Take For A Fentanyl Patch To Work

Question

Asked by larowe

How Long Does It Take For A Fentanyl Patch To Work

How long does it take for a Fentanyl patch to work? I have never used this pain medication before, and I haven't put it on yet. What can I expect?

Answer

First up, be sure you read the prescribing information that comes with your Fentanyl, because there's a lot you should be aware of. For example, you shouldn't apply the patches to damaged skin, you shouldn't use a heating pad anywhere near them, and you should never put on more than one patch at a time.

It can take as long as 12-18 hours for the first patch to work, so be aware of that.

Some patients find that it's difficult to keep the Fentanyl patches on, so if you find that to be a problem here's an article that you may find helpful. Keeping Fentanyl patches on