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Fentanyl patch vs. Fentanyl IV

Jan 28, 2016 9:35 PM

Hey everyone, so I know some of you have the fentanyl patch, well I have been getting Fentanyl IV through my Picc line for a about a week, or so. But they want me to switch to the patch. I have finally found something that lowers my pain a little bit and its wonderful. Have any of you had both? Is there a difference in the two? I would like to have the patch because to be honest it down burn my veins a tad but when it goes in, but if the patch isn't as effective as the IV formula I fear it will not help me.

Jan 29, 2016 12:49 AM

I have the patch and it helps me a lot. I think it should work for you. I hope it does. You have been through enough already. My best wishes to you Jenna.

Jan 29, 2016 5:06 AM

Hi Jenna,
I'm guessing the patch would be a bit smoother and wouldn't cause any additional pain. Best Wishes.

Jan 29, 2016 5:25 AM

Can I ask how you got the patch? Did you have to ask? I feel I'm needing something more than I'm on now.

Jan 29, 2016 7:41 AM

Jenna, I had both and the patches worked well for me. They started to not last 3 days though and I guess that all depends on how quickly your body absorbs the medicine. I also was in fentynal lollipops for a long time for breakthrough pain but they stopped letting me get them because they said they were only giving them to cancer patients that were in pain and/or close to death. I was pissed because they did help. (I was NOT on the patch and the pop at the same time). Think positive and know that it's probably going to work just as well. It's the same medicine just transdermal instead of IV. Best of luck, Jenna. You have been through a lot and I pray that it gives you the relief you need. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jan 29, 2016 8:55 AM

I'm having the IV currently and it only lasts like an hour for me and then I have to wait 3 more hours to get more. Alwayz, the patch lasts 3 days??? I'm just worried the patch won't be as strong for me because of how bad my pain is. Because my dr said that of the patch doesn't work he wants to switch to oxycodone or whatever its called. I just need some thing that will last longer than an hour, because its the only thing that works, none of the medicine like lyrica or those other I gues you Could say "prevenative" medicines dont help me. And only an hour of a small but a relief every 4 hours isn't working very well for life ya know

Jan 29, 2016 9:13 AM

How did yall get ur dr to put u on a pain medication all my dr will give me is lyrica and doesn't work

Jan 29, 2016 10:16 AM

My doctors just suggested it, I'm just having such intense pain. And my doctors have tried everything even a coma and nothing helped so I got out on it. Sorry I'm not very helpful cheermomx1 :/

Jan 29, 2016 5:34 PM

I also wear the patch, it helps to take the edge off with, percet for break thru pain.

Jan 29, 2016 5:35 PM

I can't get anything but lyrica and it doesn't touch the pain

Jan 29, 2016 5:41 PM

Lyrica,is a good med,but it has a lot is side effects,weight gain, blurried vision, tiredness, I had all three so my Dr. took me off it.

Jan 29, 2016 6:18 PM

I have Fentanyl patches also, in combination with Oramorph(oral morphine) Diazepam and Tizanidine, Tramadol, and a load of others, but what I do (with consultation from my doc) is try and lower or skip some doses every once in a while to help try and keep them being as effective as possible
, we all know the more we take the more our bodies get resilient to them, I have to do this under observation because my blood pressure can rise as I have Autonomic Disreflexia (Quadriplegic added bonus conditionπŸ˜•, can be potentially fatal) but I feel it's really important to try and give my body tiny breaks where I can, so my meds can try and help with my pain.

Jan 29, 2016 10:08 PM

Jenna, hopefully the patch will work longer because the meds is slowly absorbed, instead of quickly entering all at once. Good luck with best results! Hugs! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Jan 29, 2016 10:47 PM

Hi ! Jenna hope you are feeling better. I use 50 mg Fentonyl Patches, I haven't had it by IV. But they really help my pain level to where I don't have to take my Hydrocodn/Acetaminophen325/7.5 2 -3 times a day instead of every 6 hrs round the clock . I'm scared of messing my liver up taking too much. So I can put it off unless the break thru pain starts getting too bad. I learned my lesson about getting without my pain meds and the difference they make in the quality of my life.

Jan 30, 2016 9:54 AM

Jenna, the patches are designed to transdermaly give you constant micro doses of Fentanyl Per hour. They are designed to last for 3 days but they didn't for me. They lasted from 2-1/2 and sometimes less. The doc had to adjust the number of patches from 10 a month to 15 so I could switch when it quit without losing the effectiveness of the drug. I don't remember right now why they took me off, it worked pretty well. I should check it out again because I am taking 300mg of morphine a day and it takes the edge off and that's about it. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜

Jan 30, 2016 10:19 AM

The patch takes a bit longer to start working, for me they attack the pain from the top to the bottom, when the other meds from inside out, just my way of explaining. . I find the patches helped for the burning and electric surface pain but not as much for the deep muscle and Nero pain...

Jan 30, 2016 10:43 AM

The only thing im worried about is that even with the IV med my pain is still like 9.5 my pain is at a constant 10. Always. It never goes down. And i need so much med to get it down just a tad bit, like I'm taking 5 super stong meds like morphine there my picc line every 5 hours all at once. And my pain STILL is unbearable. I've had doctors ask me how I am even conscious from the amount of pain in in. Even after getting all those meds I'm still wide awake from the pain. I'm at the point where I feel like this pain will be like this for the rest of my life, and in only 18, how am I suppose to live a life like this. There's no way. Nothing is ever going to end up helping me. I just know it. Ughhhh

Jan 30, 2016 11:04 AM

Jenna, something I'm going to say to you right now and I want you to really hear me because I'm saying this with nothing but love for you. You DON'T just know anything!! In my 50 years on this earth, I have seen MANY changes. Many things have been discovered over time that they didn't have when I first began my pain journey way back before you were even born. Who knows what they will come up with. They have made drastic leaps and bounds on spinal cord stimulators and people have gotten much relief. They are made now that they can actually attach TWO leads to them that can be controlled separately by remote control depending on where you need it most. (Just an alternative to consider at this point). I know that it is really, really hard to see the forest through the trees when you're where you're at. I can't imagine being 18 and wondering how to navigate my life as you are. I have that difficulty even at 50 sometimes. So, what I'm saying, Jenna, you may be surprised as to what may help you at any given point in your life. I know you're low right now and I would be too. I'm sending you gentle and reassuring {{{Hugs}}}, my love and prayers that you can hold your faith in God to pull you through. If he leads you to it, he'll pull you through it. Love you, Sweetie. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜

Jan 30, 2016 12:09 PM

Alwaysinpain, so true your words. . Sadly many medical insurance don't let us have options . Here's an example being on SSI and what I call federal welfare.... they can't deny me pills that work for me and then when the doctor come up with an appointment they denied payment and try to shove the pills on me on the reason is because the pills are cheaper they really don't care what works for the patient they only care about saving money and that's one of the biggest things we run into just say'n. .. less you all on this journey. .. it's a ruff road I'm still trodden along after, 25 years of pain... I'm not special. . You can make it

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