Most of the info in desertimplant's above post is spot on, especially the advice about overdose risks - just put the patch on as intended, don't chew/ swallow/ smoke/ inject it, for gods sake. Fentanyl
is approx 100 - 150 times stronger than morphine
, and is not something you really wanna mess about with unless you really know what you're doing. Bear in mind that 60mg oxycodone
per day equates to about 90mg morphine, and that dosage is gonna be spread out across the 24 hours. So be careful with the fentanyl dosages...
Anyway, just wanna correct some info given in the above post:
Originally Posted by desertimplant
The total Fent content is 1.25mg...but its delivered at 12.5 MICROgrams\hour.
This isn't right. A 12.5µg transdermal fentanyl patch delivers 12.5µg of fentanyl per hour, every hour for a period of 72 hours (three days). So it's total fentanyl content delivered would be 12.5µg multiplied by 72 hours, which would be 900µg, or 0.9mg. The patch will continue to deliver fentanyl after the 72 hours have elapsed, but not necessarily at the intended rate. Transdermal patches are intended to deliver a steady dose over the 72 hour period. If you use the patch in any other way except its intended transdermal use (i.e. smoking, eating, chewing, injecting etc) you are going to be releasing a large proportion of the whole 72 hours worth of fentanyl in one go, which is of course rather dangerous, is terms of overdose risk.
Fentanyl is pretty much the strongest opiates
in existance (save for some of its analogues), and should be treated accordingly, with due respect and caution. Be careful with it, please. As desestimplant said, many who thought they knew what they were doing have overdosed and die as a result of messing around with fentanyl.