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Fentanyl Pain Patch

The Fentanyl Pain Patch is a medicated patch that is placed on the skin to deliver a pain medications to patients. The FDA first approved the patch in 1990 for patients who suffered serious chronic pain.

The FDA states the following about Fentanyl use:

“The fentanyl patch is indicated for the management of persistent, moderate to severe chronic pain in opioid-tolerant patients 2 years of age or older who require a total daily opioid dose at least equivalent to fentanyl transdermal system 25 mcg/h.”

Johnson & Johnson recalled the patch in 2008 due to leaks and toxicity in users. Fentanyl toxicity occurs when there is an overdose of Fentanyl in the body. In most cases, the overdose is accidental and unintended. Further, leaks meant that the drug was not delivered at a controlled rate leading to dangerous overdoses.

Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic with an estimated potency 80 to 100 times higher than morphine. This potency can carry serious consequences when the drug comes into direct contact with the skin in an uncontrolled manor.

When a Fentanyl overdose takes place, the patient will begin to exhibit symptoms that will indicate a problem. The most prevalent symptoms are respiratory depression and difficulty breathing. If these symptoms are not caught immediately, death can occur.

The FDA warns that overestimating the dose of this medicine when transitioning patients from other similar opiates can lead to fatalities. Clearly, Fentanyl has potential to do harm due to defective delivery.

Other signs that may indicate that an overdose has occurred include:

  • Feelings of being confused, faint, and dizzy
  • Shallow breathing
  • Problems and difficulty breathing
  • A sedated feeling
  • Severe sleepiness and drowsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Sweating profusely
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