Fentanyl is prescribed to treat long term pain in patients who have not reached enough pain control through use of other medical treatments. The Fentanyl patch is designed to deliver a consistent dose of medication over a period of 72 hours. It is important that a patient learn proper application, storage and disposal of the patch. Patients should keep this medication out of reach of children and anyone for whom the medication is not prescribed.
Fentanyl side effects have the potential to cause discomfort, injury, and even death in patients. Some of these side effects include depressed respiratory function, decreased blood pressure, coma, and death. The most serious and life threatening Fentanyl side effects occur when an individual overdoses on this medication. Hundreds of deaths have been linked to overdose of the Fentanyl patch.
The FDA issued a public health advisory and ordered the strengthening of safety labeling about Fentanyl side effects and overdose risks. Experts are currently investigating reports to determine whether these patient deaths are attributable to improper use of the patch or the quality of the product itself.
The most deadly of all Fentanyl side effects are those that accompany a drug overdose. Symptoms of a Fentanyl overdose are characteristic of central nervous system depression and can include: slowed breathing and heartbeat, pinpoint pupils, cold clammy skin, loss of or change in consciousness, seizures, and other Fentanyl side effects. A Fentanyl overdose can be deadly; therefore it is crucial that the patient receive immediate medical attention.
If you or someone you love has experienced severe Fentanyl side effects, please contact medical practitioner to evaluate your case to determine and protect your legal rights and your precious life.