Should I try pain patches

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I recently had total knee replacement and cannot recieve relief from oral pain meds, perkocet 10mg every 4 hours, i had gastric bypass 10 yrs ago and dont metabolize nutrients and oral meds, should I try patches? Anyone had this problem or are familiar with pain patches?

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    Yes Pain patches would work very well, i worked in Medicine for a long time and thats what a lot of the patients did.
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    Patches are used in conjunction with the drug Fentanyl, probably the most potent opioid out there...40x stronger than morphine...blows hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco) and oxycodone (Percocet, Oxycontin) away.  No idea if a doc would even prescribe it.  No idea of the strength equivalent levels but it's not something to played around with.  Gotta ask your doc.  Fentanyl is very serious stuff...mostly used for terminal cancer patients.

    On the other hand, there is something in between...Hydromorphone (Dilaudid).  Way stronger than Vicodin or Percocet but not in the Fentanyl range.  Even so, it's very strong so 2mg po can knock you down; 2mg iv will send you to La-La-Land...  It's my drug of choice for kidney stones since the other opioids have little to no effect on me.

    I'd forget the Fentanyl patch and ask for some Dilaudid.  That could help you a lot.

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    Hi there - I have an issue with not tolerating meds to the stomach either and have been using Voltarin suppositories and Paracetemol with great success. Apparently it is the best delivery system for meds anyway as the live does not destroy any of the active ingredients - it all gets into your system.

    I hadIV Tramadol in hospital.

    I am 7 weeks post op and doing really well.

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    I would say call your surgeon and explain in detail they would have to give you something else feel better soon
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