1.- What is a Transdermal patch?
A Transdermal Patch is applied on the skin to continuously deliver medication through the skin into the surrounding tissues and blood stream. Pain patches have pain medication in it to provide relief from pain.
2.- How is it different from conventional methods of pain medication?
Transdermal patch is attached to the skin and delivers the drug directly to the area where it is required, because of this, the gastrointestinal side-effects associated with conventional tablets/pills are minimized. The Transdermal patch drug delivery also maintains controlled release of the medication into the bloodstream of the patient. This allows the patient to experience a simple pain free treatment.
3.- Where should the patch be applied for the best results?
Pain patches work best when placed near to the painful area. The patch should be applied on a clean, dry, hairless surface that is not rubbed by tight clothing.
4.- How many patches can I wear at a time?
Number of patches to be used depend on the medication in the patch. Usually one patch is sufficient for controlling pain, however in severe cases physician may increase the dose.
5.- How safe are the patches?
The patches are purely used for medicinal purposes and to relieve pain. They are to be used as per the instructions. Drugs administered through patches evade the GI tract and enter directly in the tissue close to the site of application, they therefore have lesser associated GI side-effects like gastric irritation. If however, there is any discomfort or irritation then remove the patch and consult your doctor.
6.- How long can I wear the patch for?
The duration may vary depending on the patch. We recommend you to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Do not reuse the patches or keep it on for more than what is required.
7.- Can I apply a patch on the same place as I had before?
It is recommended that you alternate the spaces to apply the patch so as not to develop any sort of reaction. If however, there is a skin irritation do not apply the patch on it. Do not use a patch that is cut, damaged, or changed in any way.
8.- What side effects can I expect from this patch?
Local site irritation may be caused by the drug or the adhesive. Rotation of application site is recommended.
9.- Who can use Fentanyl patches?
Fentanyl skin patches are used to relieve prolonged moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other pain medications. Fentanyl skin patches are only used to treat people who are tolerant to narcotic pain medications because they have taken this type of medication for at least 1 week. The drug is an opiate narcotic analgesic and works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain.
Fentanyl Transdermal patches should be used only after approval from a Doctor. However, please do inform your Doctor if you have any of the following health conditions:
10.- Even a child can use it?
Skin patches should not be used in children less than 2 years of age. Talk to your Paediatrician about the risks of applying skin patches to your child.
11.- What special precautions should I take?
Pain patches like Artho-touch and Diclo-touch are usually safe and have the same pharmacological effects as that of the oral drug. Use as per the instructions provided with the pack.
12.- What should I do if I forget to apply a patch?
If you forget to apply or change a skin patch, apply the patch as soon as you remember it. Be sure to remove your used patch before applying a new patch. Wear the new patch for the period of time prescribed by your doctor and then replace it with a new one. Do not wear two patches at once unless your doctor has told you that you should.