If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Durogesic DTrans. Patch sticking to another person The patch should be used only on the skin of the person for whom it has been prescribed. There have been reports of patches accidentally sticking to a family member while in close physical contact or sharing the same bed as the person wearing the patch. A patch accidently sticking to another person particularly a child can cause the medicine in the patch to go through the skin of the other person and cause serious side effects such as breathing difficulties, with slow or shallow breathing which may be fatal.

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Working Principle of Fentanyl patches Fentanyl, an opioid analgesic is the key ingredient in the Durogesic Dtrans patches. Opioids are a group of very strong painkillers associated with morphine. They act by imitating the action of endorphins, the naturally occurring pain-reducing chemicals. Endorphins are found in the brain and spinal cord and combine with opioid receptors to reduce pain. Fentanyl, the active ingredient contained in the Durogesic DTrans patches mimics the action of these natural endorphins by combining with the opioid receptors in the brain and the spinal cord.

This further blocks the transmission of pain signals sent by the nerves to the brain. Consequently, though the cause of pain might still exist, the actually pain felt is minimised.

How to Use the Durogesic D-Trans patches The Durogesic D-Trans patches are extremely easy to use and come with detailed instructions to guide you on the usage. Here we give you an easy set of steps to assist you in the application of these patches. Remove it from the pouch only when you are ready to use it. Hold the notch and carefully tear the pouch material. If using scissors to open the pouch, cut very close to the sealed edge. Step 2: Start applying Hold the patch between the thumb and index finger of both hands with the liner of the patch facing up.

Fold the patch backwards to make the backing separate from the patch along the s-shaped cut. Step 3: Stick the patch Apply the exposed adhesive part to the skin and gradually remove the rest of the liner parts, while pressing the whole patch to the skin.

Once it is applied, press it firmly and hold for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute. At the end, you can simply discard the liner with the other household trash. Important Notes For an individual using the Durogesic D-Trans patches, it is important to take note of the following: Follow the instructions enclosed with the medicine carefully Apply the patch only on a clean, dry, non-hairy, non-irritated, non-irradiated area of the skin on the torso or the upper arm.

Use only water if you want to cleanse the concerned area before applying the patch. Every patch you use should be replaced after 72 hours. Apply the new patch on a different place on the arm or the torso. If a patch falls off midway, immediately apply a new one. To dispose the used patches, fold them in half, enabling it to get sealed with the sticky side and wrap it in the empty sachet or a piece of tin foil.

Place it in the bin, away from the reach of children or animals Never cut, divide or damage the patches in any way Precautions Before you start on the prescription of the Durogesic D-Trans patch, you should be well aware of the main precautions and related factors. Here we list the main amongst them: Avoid exposure to excessive external heat when wearing the patch, especially from sources such as hot water bottles, electric blankets, heat lamps and saunas. Know your reaction to the medicine before you drive or operate any machinery, as the Durogesic D-Trans patch is known to cause a high amount of drowsiness.

Avoid alcohol consumption as it is likely to aggravate the drowsiness Reduce the consumption gradually as sudden discontinuation can cause withdrawal symptoms, especially once the body has become used to it. These patches are not be used in acute, short-term pain. This form of medication is not advisable for breastfeeding mothers and children.



Do not pass it on to others. See section 4. Durogesic DTrans contains a medicine called fentanyl. It belongs to a group of strong painkillers called opioids. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Durogesic DTrans.



Where to apply the patch Side effects and Durogesic DTrans If you think that you are going to receive anaesthesia tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Durogesic DTrans. Durogesic DTrans may make you unusually drowsy, and make your breathing more slow or shallow. Very rarely these breathing problems can be life-threatening or even fatal, especially in people who have not used strong opioid painkillers like Durogesic DTrans or morphine before. See section 4 for a full list of possible side effects. When you are wearing the patch do not expose it to direct heat such as heating pads, electric blankets, hot-water bottles, heated water beds or heat or tanning lamps. Do not sunbathe, have long hot baths or saunas or use hot whirlpool spa baths. If you do, you may increase the amount of medicine you get from the patch.

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