Duragesic is a is a very strong pain medication for someone who has serious pain. The only time it should be used if less powerful pain medicine does not help with the pain. Duragesic through a patch delivers opioid and fentanyl pain medication in your body slowly through the skin where it relieve pain for up to 72 hours. The duragesic patch is a very powerful prescription pain medication that is used for moderate to severe chronic pain that can long lasting relief from persistent pain.
The high content of fentanyl in the patches is a big target for abuse and people selling it on the streets. People can go to jail for abusing the duragesic. Some of the schedule 11 opioid substances are hydromorphone, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone and they have the highest chance for abuse and risk for a fatal overdose due to resiratory depression. You should not take duragesic if you have mild pain, not for intermittent pain, post-op pain, or for people that are not opioid tolerant and for people that just need to take pain medicine for a short period of time.
The people that are risk for duragesic abuse are people with personal or family history of substance abuse which includes drugs alcohol or even addiction or mental illness. The doctor should go over family history before they prescribe it to the patient. Then if it is prescribed, the patient should be monitored for signs of abuse, misuse and addiction. The duragesic is only for transdermal use only.