Because of the risk of addiction and dependence fentanyl patches should only be used for severe chronic pain that requires round the clock long term opioid treatment and for which other treatments have been ineffective other forms of fentanyl such as sublingual spray or tablets may be used for the relief of breakthrough pain. Fentanyl patches are used to relieve severe pain in people who are expected to need pain medication around the clock for a long time and who cannot be treated with other medications fentanyl is in a class of medications called opiate narcotic analgesics it works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. Fentanyl skin patch is used to treat severe pain including acute pain following surgery ionsysr is applied by your healthcare provider in a hospital setting after surgery for the short term management of acute pain duragesicr is used for pain severe enough to require around the clock pain relief for a long period of time. Fentanyl patches can already be prescribed on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme for chronic severe cancer pain the listing has changed from august 2006 to include chronic non cancer pain listing was approved on a cost minimisation basis that is transdermal fentanyl was no less effective than
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