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Flector patch

Mar 04, 2016 1:05 PM

Has anyone on here ever been on the flector patch? My pain management doctor gave me 2 samples and I am afraid of using them. I need some feedback.

Mar 04, 2016 1:23 PM

New to me, but a quick review shows that unless you have eczema or can't take other NSAIDs, it shouldn't be a problem.
Are you using it on an injury site, or do you have a recurrent spot that hurts from fibro or something? I am intrigued!

Mar 04, 2016 1:28 PM

I don't know that 2 samples is enough to make a difference, pharmacology shows a minimum of 2 a day for 5 days before noticeable effect. I'd say either go bug on them or chuck them, unless he wants you to try them with the idea that if you can tolerate them, you can go on them completely.
If you have GERD or ulcers or othwrwise can't ingest NSAIDs, these could be a good alternative.
Ask your doc why only two, and if he will prescribe more if you can tolerate them.

Mar 04, 2016 2:05 PM

I have been using them just as needed and they do help me. Typically I apply to any problem area which for me is usually a joint. I have cut them into strips for my elbow and I leave them on for 24 hours. I have also used them on the base of my neck just be careful of your hair. When I have put them on my hip I did have to apply medical tape around the edges because they tend to roll up from friction of clothes. Without insurance they are expensive 200.00 for 30 and the company is now owned by Pfizer. However this product is not on their discount program. Give it a try.

Mar 04, 2016 4:07 PM

I have arthritis in my back and it has spread to my other joints, I was just worried about the asprin thing, I take a low dosage and was afraid of it causing other problems with my other medications and my Regular breakthrough pain medication.

Mar 05, 2016 1:36 AM

It's just Diclofenac, an anti inflammatory drug, normally they last for about 12 hours.... Diclofenac can be bad for the stomach,where prolonged use occurs,but then most anti-inflammatory drugs are in long term use.

Mar 05, 2016 3:09 AM

I find drugs.com reviews to be helpful when researching new meds. Medscape can be good too. Good luck!

Mar 05, 2016 6:47 PM

I use them! They are like naproxen just in patch form. The trick to useng them is to not put them over bones, they need fleshy area. I cut minecin half and put on each butt cheek

Mar 05, 2016 10:42 PM

I guess we are all different. I use mine usually right over a joint. Typically elbows, shoulders and over sections of my spine. These have helped lower the inflammation thus lowering my pain. Sometimes you just gotta try something new ;)

Mar 05, 2016 10:53 PM

Thanks for sharing about this drug, I am soaking up information & sites like crazy

Mar 06, 2016 11:05 AM

Yeah, it's a form of naproxen and it is supposed to go over the joints, I've done some research on it yesterday because I've had a nagging feeling about this patch, maybe it's just me and my medication anxiety taking over. I've just never had medication come from a patch before. Since hubby will be home tonight I will give it a shot because I just cannot take this pain in my hip /back anymore, I've taken my breakthrough medication and it's not helped, so in about 5 hours (to give a span between the 2 medications) I will put on the patch and see if it helps any.

Mar 06, 2016 11:07 AM

Thanks You Ladies for information about how this has helped you, you give me some hope.

Mar 06, 2016 2:09 PM

Patches generally are impregnated (Transdermal)with the drug so it can last over many hours such as 72 hours or 7 days, it allows the medication to be dosed into your system consistently over that period of time, so it's a form of slow release, generally is less harsh on your stomach. Usually it takes a good 48-72 hours to get into your system, so remember to allow for the initial time period, then you just swap it out each time. I wear Fentany transdermal patches and have to change them every 72 hrs, I always write the day,date and time of when it needs to be changed on the actual patch, that way, no confusion...... Although, I do forget to look at my arm sometimes!!😊

Mar 06, 2016 2:11 PM

I found very helpful in dealing with constant pain, became immune to lidocaine patches.

Mar 06, 2016 10:33 PM

When I use the patch it is on an as needed , so I find it works by about 30 minutes and will help for over 6 hours before it seems to wear off. But i cut mine in half and but it one each buttock.

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