Fentanyl is an extremely strong pain medication that is used during surgery for anesthesia and to treat chronic pain in patients. The FDA first approved the fentanyl patch delivery system in 1990, and since then, there have been numerous recalls due to defective patches. In fact, just this month (October 2010) Actavis Inc. announced the recall of 18 lots of Fentanyl Transdermal System 25 mcg/hour C-II patches manufactured for Actavis by Corium International in the United States.
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What Side Effects have been associated with Fentanyl?
An accelerated release of fentanyl from a defective patch can lead to adverse events for at-risk patients including (but not limited to):
- excessive sedation
- respiratory depression
- hypoventilation (slow breathing)
- apnea (temporary suspension of breathing)
FDA Public Health Advisory
In July 2005, the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory warning about the Duragesic fentanyl pain patch and over 100 overdose related deaths. The Duragesic product label was modified soon after because it was assumed that the people who overdosed were unaware of the medication’s potency.
Have you Overdosed on Fentanyl?
An overdose of fentanyl is extremely serious. The misuse of this drug can lead to severe health complications, including death. Overdoses are most likely to happen at the beginning of fentanyl treatment, following an increase in dosage, or when fentanyl is combined with other narcotics.
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