fentanyl transdermal patch, Duragesic (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: The fentanyl transdermal system is used for patients with severe chronic pain, for example, cancer pain.

SIDE EFFECTS: Physical dependence occurs commonly during therapy with opiate agonists such as fentanyl. Abruptly stopping the drug in patients can precipitate a withdrawal reaction. Symptoms of withdrawal include:

Fentanyl can cause respiratory depression (decreased rate or depth of breathing), muscle rigidity, and slow heart rate. Nausea or vomiting, constipation, and itching can occur during treatment with fentanyl. Transdermal fentanyl can cause a variety of skin reactions. Commonly, redness occurs at the site of application and can last for 6 hours following removal of the patch.

Other side effects include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/8/2015

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