The Duragesic Patch is a prescription skin patch containing strong pain medication for treating moderate to severe chronic pain. The Duragesic Patch contains a powerful prescription pain medicine called fentanyl, which is an opioid-based narcotic much stronger than morphine. This powerful medication is delivered through the skin into the bloodstream by the Duragesic Patch around the clock thus providing constant relief for chronic pain. 

Duragesic Side Effects

While the Duragesic Patch can effectively treat chronic pain, it can cause several serious side effects. One side effect of, opioids, like the fentanyl in the Duragesic Patch, is drowsiness. This side effect may affect a patient’s ability to think or react. Another Duragesic Patch side effect is respiratory depression, or hypoventilation. Hypoventilation is when a person fails to breathe in enough oxygen and can be life-threatening.

The Duragesic Patch can cause other serious side effects as well. Duragesic Patch users who experience any of the following side effects should discontinue fentanyl use immediately and contact a doctor:

  • weak, shallow breathing
  • severe weakness, feeling light-headed or fainting
  • cold, clammy skin
  • pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding

Duragesic Side Effects: Patch Addiction

Another side effect of fentanyl, the narcotic contained in the Duragesic Patch, is addiction. Because Duragesic Patch is addictive, it can cause side effects such as drug abuse and withdrawal. Due to the potential for these side effects, the Duragesic Patch should not be used by anyone with a history or potential for drug addiction or abuse. 

Duragesic Patch Overdose

Because the Duragesic Patch contains an extremely potent pain medicine, an overdose can be life-threatening. Children and pets are especially at risk for a fatal overdose, so the Duragesic Patch should be kept out of reach where it cannot be accidentally swallowed.

Adults are at risk for a fatal overdose as well. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has received reports of more than 120 deaths linked to Duragesic Patch use. At this point, the FDA has not determined whether these fatal overdoses were caused by a Duragesic Patch defect or by drug misuse.  

Duragesic Patch Overdose Side Effects

A fentanyl overdose from the Duragesic Patch might cause side effects such as:

  • slow breathing
  • extreme weakness or dizziness
  • pinpoint pupils
  • cold and clammy skin
  • fainting

Contact our attorneys if you have experienced any Duragesic side effects and find out if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by