Where is the best place to put Fentanyl patches on your body for best pain relief? I read that if they are placed properly they work really well but it didn't say where to place them. I have to change my 50mcg patch every 72hrs. I have been putting mine on the underside of my wrists because i have to use micopore tape to keep them on or they fall off!
I have been using them for several years now. They only seem to work for me if I place it over some muscle not bone! I rotate between the upper sides of my back just next to my spine but not on the bone. Also I prep my skin with alcohol to be sure there is no oil where I am going to place the patch. It says not to do that because if you do not wipe off all of the alcohol it can dissolve the glue medication mixture and cause the Fentanyl to all dump and rapidly absorb and possibly kill you. So make sure you wipe the area off do not count on air drying. I live in Texas and it is hot here so if you walk outside you sweat. Then either the patch comes off or it holds sweat under it and you do not absorb the medication. Doctors do not care if your patch came off you only get 10 or 15 a month too bad. Tape placed over them does not work for me, the patch pulls off and only sticks to my tape :(. I put my patch on and hold it for a few minutes usually at night so it has all night before I might go outside. Make sure you rotate your site so you do not tear your skin. If you have any questions feel free to PM me.
I rotate mine between the backs of my shoulders in between the spine and the shoulder blade and the chest area where I still have some boobage left not all the way down on the boob of course but just towards the top where I actually have some fat deposits left I tried them on my hip area like I do with my estrogen patch but I found I didn't feel the same sort of relief I don't know why that is because not only do I have fibro but I also have all the bad crap that I had surgery for that seems to have come back. I do find that if I take a warm slash very warm shower and dry off really well if I take the patch and hold it for a minute or so so it warms up to body temperature I have my husband put it on my upper back when both the patch and my skin is warm it sticks better than it does on days that I'm cold or I don't warm it up long enough. Going into summer now so hopefully that won't be an issue but I have had the experience of waking up in some pretty achy pain and once I got out of bed seeing my lovely patch there on the sheets.
Ive found that the upper thigh works very well. Good blood supply not obvious and dont get dislodged in daily life. Just make sure you alternate site. Im on norspan 50mcg x7day patches 2x 20 and 1 x10. I spread out the patch days to maintain an equilibrium . Right side first week 10 on tues R deltoid 20 on thurs R upper thigh 20 on sun below thurs Left side second week 10 on L delt remove R delt And so on then repeat. 11 years this has worked for me but dose has slowly rissen sometimes as high as 80 but with warm weather and keeping fit i get it back down some times as low as 40 i do use sublingual temgesic 2x 2mcg for breakthrough pain. At times this can get to 10x2. This is only to get back in control. Other points that can be used ... top of foot. Inner bicept. breast buttocks and kidney area. Dont use skin creams in areas you plan to put on patches as they contain oils and waxes witch inhibbits adhesion and adsorbtion. Hair conditioner also affects this as well. Hope this helps a bit . TJ