Since fentanyl was first made available to the public, hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from chronic pain have been prescribed Fentanyl. However, many of these patients are still unaware of the risks associated with drug treatment.
Fentanyl was first developed by chemists in Belgium sometime at the end of the 1950s. It had the ability to reduce pain 80 times more than Morphine which was the main opiate analgesic at that time. First marketed and used under the name Sublimaze, fentanyl was adopted by the medical community as an intravenous medicine in the 1960s. For decades thereafter, fentanyl was used for pain management in heart surgery and for localized surgery.
In the following years, drug companies have attempted to harness the potency of fentanyl for a myriad of uses. First, they used the drug to control breakthrough cancer pain. For instances where the pain overwhelms normal cancer pain management drugs, a transmucosal “lollipop” can be administered. Actiq is a popular brand of fentanyl lollipop made from fentanyl citrate.
Fentanyl is also prescribed for chronic pain management. For this treatment, a fentanyl transdermal patch system is used. The fentanyl patch is available in its generic form and also under the brand name Duragesic. The Duragesic fentanyl patch is extremely potent, so great care should be used when medicating with the Duragesic pain management system. Currently, the FDA is examining the death of over 120 people who used the Duragesic patch to control chronic pain. We are also investigating several of these deaths and offer free evaluations to families who have lost loved ones to fentanyl overdose.
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