Which Fentanyl patch manufacturer is best?

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Benny Badback
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Mylan for me...

I am a big fan of Mylan. They are the small ones that don't have the gel inside. I am in Flori-Duh where I either go to Walgreens (yuck) or CVS (Mylan) and since I've gone back to CVS my itching is gone (no more anti-itching Rx) and no more of those real good bandaids (The hospital nurse called them "2nd Skin") they are transparent and you can't tell you are wearing either. (Big Plus +++ for any "Swingers" we might have in the crowdLaughing)

 

I am a "Patch Pirate" and the best boat is from Mylan. (I just checked today as my 72 hours were up) If you like itching go to Gel filled misery. Either way I wish you luck. Oh, and they seem to "last longer" I got 81 hours of the Mylan then got the screwed up ones after a "Doctor switch" (insurance change, not any 'hanky panky' The gels last me about 68 hrs. on average (2+ years of monitoring/journal of pain #, how many meds, blah, blah)

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The sandoz

patches I picked up were different then the last ones...these are the matrix type which I prefer.

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Yeah Goat they switched over,

Yeah Goat they switched over, what you got before was just left overs, but the Sandoz did good for me. I like my Watsons but they do irritate me more than the Sandoz did. A pharmacist told me they are trying to phase out ALL the gel filled patches. As stated a million times before everyone is different. I am considering giving Mylan another try on my new dose but am weary since on the last dose the patch burned out in a day and did not stick for beans.

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patch

I have tried sandoz and duragesic and in my case the mylan patch was superior to those two in causing less skin irritation.

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Patch

Do you put the nexcare bandage right over the patch ?My fentanyl patch won't stay on only 6 to 7 hrs.

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Trueblue who makes the patch

Trueblue who makes the patch you use?  Tegaderm is great also. htmom

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The 411 on future Fent patches

As of recent, all brands, including Durgesic have now gone to the matrix/non gel type.  Anyone still getting patches that have the gel, are probably getting the end of the supply at that particular pharmacy.  From what I have read (and seen), due to the gel type being easy to abuse, all brands will not have gel any longer...each brand now has their own type of patches..some are matix, as in Mylan, and others like Sandoz are a clear, flmsy type, much like a nicotine patch, and are much larger then the Mylans, dose for dose.

So...for those of you that only used gel, they will soon be completely gone, as supplies run out, and the new ones come in.  At my pharmacy, they have already made the transition, and it is impossible to get gel.

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i prefer

the new sandoz patch. non jel.

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Are you sure about that

Are you sure about that Arizona?? My local pharmacy recently ordered in my Watson reservoir patches. It was not a store to store order either. Have any links to a Watson press release? I know I was told that all companies were wanting to make the matrix switch by my pharmacist but as of yet Watson is still the last hold out. Any solid proof would be great; very successful gel patch user here!

Thanks a grip!

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My girlfriend has been on

My girlfriend has been on fentanyl 100mcg patch for almost 3 years. She was started out on the 75mcg name brand gel patches. A year after that to the 100mcg.
About 2.5 years ago the pharmacy started filling generic, they switched her sandoz gel patches. They didn't seem to work very well. A few months later the pharmacy started giving her the mylan patches. She had alot of problems with the patches sticking and she was getting really bad muscle twitches half way thru the second day. Her doctor switched her to changing them every 2 days. This helped but she still had her muscles jumping and twitching on the 2nd day.
About year ago the pharmacy switched to the teva/aveva generic patches. These patches are about twice as big as the mylan patches. At first I had my doubts. Let me tell you though these patches work SO much better then the mylan patches.
First off they stick way better, I noticed since I sleep right next to her that the jumping/twitching was gone. Normally my gf would have me change her patch 48hrs on the dot from when she put it on. Most of her patches now she is 8/12 hrs in to the third day before she has me change it. They work that much better. Also she uses the tegraderm transparent dressing to make sure they stay in place.