Fentanyl patches Safe use and disposal of fentanyl patches to prevent accidental exposure. Accidental exposure to fentanyl can be very dangerous and even lead to death. A fentanyl patch is an adhesive patch that is placed on the skin. It delivers the drug fentanyl, a powerful opioid pain medicine, continuously through the skin and into the blood stream to control pain. Fentanyl patches are available in Canada under the brand name Duragesic and under generic names. Patches that accidentally fall off a patient, or discarded patches, may still contain significant amounts of strong narcotic medicine that can seriously harm babies, children, caregivers, pets, and others who are inadvertently exposed to it. A patch can also be transferred with close physical contact. Accidental exposure may result in a fentanyl overdose. Storage: Keep patches in a safe place out of the reach of children, pets and others before use. If accidental exposure occurs: Remove the patch immediately and wash the area with lots of water. Do not use soap, alcohol, or other solvents as these may increase the drug’s ability to go through the skin. Get medical care right away. This is true for both fresh and used patches, as a considerable amount of drug remains in the patch after use – enough to cause serious harm. Signs of overdose: Signs of fentanyl overdose may include slow or weak breathing, dizziness, tiredness, extreme sleepiness, confusion, difficulty talking or walking, hallucination and seizures. The patch should be removed and emergency medical care contacted immediately.
Pages to are hidden for
"Fentanyl patches"Please download to view full document