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    Duragesic MAT

    Duragesic MAT

    Common Name

    fentanyl transdermal patch

    How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

    Fentanyl belongs to a group of medications called opioids. Fentanyl is used to treat persistent chronic (long-term) severe pain for those who need constant pain relief and are currently taking other opioid (narcotic) medications. It acts on the brain to increase pain tolerance.

    This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

    Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

    Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it

    What form(s) does this medication come in?

    HEALTH CANADA ADVISORY

    [July 28, 2014]

    Health Canada has issued an advisory concerning the introduction of a single ink colour (dark green) on all strengths of patches. To read the full Health Canada Advisory, visit Health Canada’s web site at www.hc-sc.gc.ca.

    Duragesic is a skin patch that gradually delivers fentanyl through the skin into the bloodstream for 72 hours. The amount of fentanyl released per hour from each rectangular transparent patch is directly related to the surface area of the patch. The remaining components of the patch are pharmacologically inactive.

    12 µg per hour
    Each 5.25 cm² patch contains a total of 2.1 mg of fentanyl. It provides fentanyl at a rate of 12 µg per hour delivered through the skin into the bloodstream. Nonmedicinal ingredients: siliconized polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective liner, polyethylene terephthalate/ethyl vinyl acetate (PET/EVA) film (backing layer), and polyacrylate adhesive.

    25 µg per hour
    Each 10.5 cm² patch contains a total of 4.2 mg of fentanyl. It provides fentanyl at a rate of 25 µg per hour delivered through the skin into the bloodstream. Nonmedicinal ingredients: siliconized polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective liner, polyethylene terephthalate/ethyl vinyl acetate (PET/EVA) film (backing layer), and polyacrylate adhesive.

    50 µg per hour
    Each 21 cm² patch contains a total of 8.4 mg of fentanyl. It provides fentanyl at a rate of 50 µg per hour delivered through the skin into the bloodstream. Nonmedicinal ingredients: siliconized polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective liner, polyethylene terephthalate/ethyl vinyl acetate (PET/EVA) film (backing layer), and polyacrylate adhesive.

    75 µg per hour
    Each 31.5 cm² patch contains a total of 12.6 mg of fentanyl. It provides fentanyl at a rate of 75 µg per hour delivered through the skin into the bloodstream. Nonmedicinal ingredients: siliconized polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective liner, polyethylene terephthalate/ethyl vinyl acetate (PET/EVA) film (backing layer), and polyacrylate adhesive.

    100 µg per hour
    Each 42 cm² patch contains a total of 16.8 mg of fentanyl. It provides fentanyl at a rate of 100 µg per hour delivered through the skin into the bloodstream. Nonmedicinal ingredients: siliconized polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective liner, polyethylene terephthalate/ethyl vinyl acetate (PET/EVA) film (backing layer), and polyacrylate adhesive.