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Has anyone had experience with cutting a Fentanyl patch in half (Mylan generic NOT Duragesic)? I need 25mcg every 48 hours not 72. Doc gave me script for 50 mcg / 72hr. I want to cut them in half and change them every 48h.

Asked by Gizmo 4 years ago fentanyl




Dina McCulloch
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DO NOT CUT THE PATCH IN HALF!!  
You will change the way the medication enters your skin and you would get all of it quickly instead of slowly over time.  Read the insert in your package and you'll see.    Using the patch normally, you will get the same amount of meds in 48 hrs as 72 hrs.  If it's too strong, talk to  your dr. Right away.  But the patch gives out the same amount of medication into your body every hour for 72 hours or more.  If you use a heating pad, take a hot bath, or run a fever, your body could use up more of the Fentanyl and you could feel your pain med. Coverage run out before the 72 hours.  I have experienced this.  Also it's difficult to get Insurance to cover more than 10 patches a month (a patch every 72 hours).
So you should figure out what it is you need from your patch, less Fentanyl or longer coverage... I couldn't figure out from your question what you needed.

Hope this helps.  Please, please be sure to read the insert in your Fentanyl package....
Dina

by Dina McCulloch 4 years ago

Elizabeth Winchell
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I think this might be a question for a doctor or pharmacist.  I really don't have any idea.  I googled your question, and I read that you are never supposed to cut the patch because there is a gel inside that cannot work properly if the patch gets cut.  A doctor or pharmacist would know for sure if cutting the patch is bad.

by Elizabeth Winch...  4 years ago

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Has anyone had experience with cutting a Fentanyl patch in half (Mylan generic NOT Duragesic)? I need 25mcg every 48 hours not 72. Doc gave me script for 50 mcg / 72hr. I want to cut them in half and change them every 48h.

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