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fentanyl transdermal (duragesic)

available over the counter: no

uses: severe chronic pain

mechanism of action:  a narcotic which acts on spinal cord and brain

side effects

  • common:  dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness
  • less common: sweating, skin reaction at patch site, fainting, jerking body movements

concerns: not recommended for postoperative pain; discontinuing abruptly may cause withdrawl symptoms


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