Which Fentanyl patch manufacturer is best?

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 I've recently been placed on the Fentanyl Patch (25 mcg/hr).  I was just bumped up to one of these patches plus another 12 mcg/hr patch.  First I went to a pharmacy that dispensed the Watson Labs kind and now I just got the Mylan type from a different pharmacy (I changed pharmacies only because they had a $1.00 per gallon of gas coupon if you get a new script filled with them).  Anyway, does anyone have experience with the types of patches made by different manufacturers?  What I'm really interested in is people's skin reactions to different types, the effectiveness and how long they stay on.  From my limited experience with Watson, they irritated my skin and after 12 hours (and one shower) I was already applying lots of waterproof tape to keep the darn thing on.

Any feedback on this?  Thanks so much.

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I am currently on the

I am currently on the Duragesic patches as well and I ONLY use the Mylan brand. All the other brands made me break out and they wouldn't stay on. The Mylan brand doesn't have the Gel in the patch like the Watson brand and Sandoz brand and my pharmacist told me that Mylan uses a totally different adhesive. I bet you will see that you will be very happy with the Mylan brand. I am and will use nothing else. Let me know how it goes!

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Thanks

Thanks for taking the time to respond.  I noticed that immediately that the patch was much smaller and stayed on better.  It is much easier to conceal than the gel kind.  They upped my dose from one 25 mcg patch to that plus a 12 mcg patch but it doesn't seem to be making any difference.  Hmmm...I'm just wondering if it isn't that I switched brands when I changed doses, although I like the Mylan for the smallness and less irritation.

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When i use to be on the

When i use to be on the other brands before I went to the Mylan brand, I noticed that the Mylan brand actually helped my pain and worked better than the other brands with the gel inside them. Give it time. They work great in my opinion!

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duragrsic

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It was only about

It was only about 5-7  years or so ago that I was given the Duragesic patch and this was before Medicare D came out. I was allergic to these patch's and gave them to my doctor and went  back to the Oxycodone ER. I am so glad that they only had 5 patch's at the pharmacy and only charged me for 5 and was supposed to come back in a few day. There were no generics available then. What I remember is the expensive, Does anyone have a price for 10 75 mcg patch's  Just wondering the price

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My experience

My experience was the smalest ones were the best. The long ones that were like 3 inches in length left horrible adhesive marks on my body. the best way to get those marks off is if you get 91% not 70% ispropyl alcohol. Remember, 91% NOT 70% alcohol. Later bro.

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Best Fentanyl patch

In response to which patch is best, I found that the Mylan patch is just great although I have had a hard time getting it lately.  The Watson brand makes my skin itch, turn red and start to peel.  I have found that the patch from Actavis has worked well for me also, though I really do prefer the Mylan patch.

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Mylans Don't Work!

I've never had any GOOD luck with any of the mylan brand drugs. They make me sick and don't work as well.

Use a hydrocortizone spray on your skin prior to applying the patch. That will prevent the irritation. You can get your doc to rx a nasal spray for you with the Hydrocotizone. I use a benedryl spray on the skin from the pharmacy...it's OTC. Just make sure it is not greasy or have an ointment in it.

You can get free covers to hold the Brand name Duragesic from the manufacturer. The generic Sandoz work about the same as the brands do and are made for the manufacter, by Sandoz. You can buy covers to hold them on called "Tegaderm" covers. You can get these at the pharmacy or at a medical supply company.

Just my experience!

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At this time since Mylan do

At this time since Mylan do not stick to me, they start out strong and wear off quick, is Sandoz. Watson is OK, not nearly as good as Sandoz, although I have been having a hard time finding my Sandoz. I used to love Mylan for the size, and the lack of gel, but you cant beat a product working better. Im willing to deal with the deal. One myth going around was that only Mylan was size proportionate to the mcg/dose, this is untrue. So far, I have found both Sandoz and Watson to be sized differently regarding strength.

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Fentanyl patches

I have tried all the brands and by far prefer the Mylan brand.  They are smaller and for me, they stick better, but I always put a square patch bandaid over it to prevent it from accidently falling off.  Brandon, what do you mean by the size being proportionate to the dose.  At least with the Mylan, the 12.5mcg patches are smaller than say, the 100mcg patch.  Even the box they come in is bigger, not alot, but it is.  I have saved all of my boxes and empty pouches and when you line them up you ccan see the difference in the size.  I'm not sure about the other brands.  I didn't like the Duragesic brand, or the Watson or the Sandoz or the Teva.  I heard that the brand Duragesic has changed their patch from the pouch/gel style to the adhesive/matrix type like Mylan.  Does anyone know if this is true.  I would give them another try if that was the case...Ray