What is Duragesic?
Duragesic is a skin patch containing fentanyl, an opioid pain medication.
An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Duragesic is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain around the clock.
Duragesic is not for treating mild or occasional pain or pain from surgery.
What should I avoid while using a Duragesic patch?
Fentanyl may impair your thinking or reactions.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how fentanyl will affect you.
Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls or other accidents.
Do not drink alcohol or dangerous side effects and death could occur.
Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
Avoid wearing a Duragesic skin patch on a part of your body where a child could reach or remove the patch from your skin.
Avoid allowing children to watch you put on a skin patch. Never tell a child that the Duragesic skin patch is a “bandage.”
Duragesic side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Duragesic: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Remove the Duragesic skin patch and call your doctor at once if you have:
slow heart rate, sighing, weak or shallow breathing (up to several days after removing the skin patch);
chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats; or extreme drowsiness, feeling like you might pass out.
Seek medical attention right away if you have symptoms of serotonin syndrome, such as: agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, fast heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, loss of coordination, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Common Duragesic side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation;
drowsiness, dizziness, tired feeling;
sleep problems (insomnia); or
increased sweating, or cold feeling.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What other drugs will affect Duragesic?
Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with fentanyl. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, and any medicine you start or stop using.
Using Duragesic with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects. Ask your doctor before using Duragesic with a sleeping pill, a sedative or tranquilizer, other narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.