DRUG UPDATE FENTANYL; GoodHealth

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DRUG UPDATE FENTANYL; GoodHealth


Everything you need to know about the most common and controversial drugs.

Q WHAT is Duragesic Dtrans

(Fentanyl) for?

A A PAIN patch used to control

severe pain.

Q HOW does it work?

A IT RELIEVES longer term pain

and is used for conditions

from cancer to back pain.The

active ingredient, fentanyl, binds

to opioid receptors in the brain

and central nervous system,

altering the body's perception of

and response to pain.

Q HOW is it available?

A ONLY on prescription.The

patch is placed on the skin,

and the drug is absorbed slowly.

Q WHAT'S the controversy?

A AN AMERICAN Food And

Drug Administration alert

over serious side effects: 'The

FDA is looking into reports of

death and other serious side

effects from overdoses of the

fentanyl in patients using the

transdermal skin patches for pain

control. …

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