Fentanyl is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as narcotic (opiate) analgesics. Fentanyl works within the nervous system and brain by altering the response to pain. Fentanyl is prescribed often for surgery or medical procedure patients to help prevent pain and for certain cancer patients who experience sudden painthat is not prevented by other pain medications also prescribed by their doctor.
Fentanyl may be compounded by your compounding pharmacist into multiple forms of administration such as sublinguals for underneath the tongue administration, lozenges, tablets, buccals for administration between the gum and cheek, and injectables. Fentanyl is a strong narcotic and should only be taken under the close supervision of your doctor. Fentanyl should never be used more than four times in one day regardless of the dose. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.
Side effects differ from patient to patient and there is no way to know beforehand which side effects, if any, a patient will experience. Common side effects seen with fentanyl are:
If you experience any of the above and the side effects are getting worse or lingering then you should contact your doctor right away.
Call your doctor immediately if any of the following potentially severe side effects are experienced at any time while taking fentanyl:
Some side effects may be severe to the point that emergency medical treatment is needed immediately. A partial list of some of these severe side effects requiring immediate medical treatment is below:
All patients who are considering the use of fentanyl should first consult with their doctor before beginning use.
Fentanyl transdermal system is contraindicated in all of the following cases:
Consult with your doctor for a full overview of possible contraindications.
Discuss openly all medications, drugs (pharmaceutical or street), supplements, etc. that you are currently taking or have recently taken to avoid any possible drug interactions that could be severe or life threatening.
Always follow your doctor's exact instructions when taking any drug, especially with a strong narcotic such as fentanyl.
IMPORTANT: Watch for signs of overdose or allergic reaction. Ask your doctor about these while having your initial consultation before beginning any use of fentanyl.
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