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Duragesic is a pain-relieving medication which is given to patients who are experiencing severe, ongoing pain such as cancer-related pain. Classified as an opioid analgesic, the medication is effective because it changes how the body and brain react to pain.

Starting treatment with Duragesic can produce some side effects. Common side effects of Duragesic use include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and mild irritation or redness at the application site. If these symptoms do not go away over time, notify your doctor promptly.

More serious side effects of Duragesic include mental changes, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, severe stomach or abdominal pain, difficulty urinating, slow or irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Although these are relatively uncommon, notify your doctor right away if any serious Duragesic side effects become noticeable.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you experience fainting, seizures, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness or difficulty waking up after using Duragesic.

Duragesic Addiction and Abuse
Duragesic should be used on a regular schedule as directed by your doctor. It should not be used to treat sudden pains. Duragesic may take up to 24 hours to provide relief.

Duragesic should be applied to the skin as recommended by your doctor. Do not apply Duragesic to burns, cuts, irritated skin, or skin that has been exposed to radiation. Choose a dry, non-hairy patch of skin that is flat on your body, such as your chest, sides, back, or upper arms. You may also have someone assist you in applying the patch to the upper back to minimize the chance that it will be removed. Do not shave an area before applying Duragesic, as this may cause irritation. Instead, apply Duragesic to a hairless area.

Patients who are using Duragesic prescribed may still develop a Duragesic dependence or addiction, as the drug belongs to the class of highly addictive opioid drugs. Signs of Duragesic addiction may include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Duragesic and losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once found to be enjoyable. If these signs become noticeable in yourself or in someone you love, do not hesitate in seeking professional help as soon as possible.
Duragesic Addiction and Abuse
The risk of relapse is always present for patients who are recovering from any substance, and this also includes Duragesic. To minimize this risk as much as possible, patients should seek an aftercare program that will support them with continued therapy options after they finish their initial treatment.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Duragesic addiction or another form of substance abuse disorder, get professional help as soon as you can. Identifying the substance abuse disorder early will help patients recover more quickly from addiction. The Recovery Village has many resources for those who are looking to live happier, healthier, substance-free lives. To learn more about these life-saving programs, visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our 24-hour toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825.