Fentanyl is a pain relief drug that is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.  The medication is available in patch, lozenge or lollipop form.  When it is delivered to the body through a patch that is worn on the skin, the nedical device is known as the Fentanyl transdermal system.  
 
Manufacturers of Fentanyl transdermal systems include:
 
• Johnson & Johnson
• Mylan Pharmaceuticals
• Ortho-McNeil 
 
The drug was initially developed in 1959 to treat post-operative pain and severe chronic pain.  Fentanyl patches are very effective at relieving pain and are still used for these purposes.  However, they are known to cause some severe and potentially fatal side effects.
 
Side effects of Fentanyl:
 
• Addiction
• Liver damage
• Respiratory depression (not inhaling sufficient oxygen)
• Severe allergic reaction ( hives, breathing difficulties and facial swelling)
 
Patients using Fentanyl may experience withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing use of this medication. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms may include:
 
• Abdominal pain
• Anxiety
• Confusion
• Constipation
• Hot flashes
• Irritability
• Insomnia
• Loss of appetite
• Muscle aches
• Night sweats or general excessive sweating
• Rapid breathing
• Stuffy or runny nose
• Tremors
 
Fentanyl must be used with caution. However, poor design, manufacturing defects, poor quality control, prescribing errors, and inadequate warnings have resulted in hundreds of cases accidental overdose and death which have made Fentanyl the subject of numerous dangerous prescription drug, Missouri wrongful death and Kansas City medical malpractice lawsuits.  Most of these lawsuits focus on defects, leaks or improper prescription of the pain patches.
 
Patients who have been injured after using the Fentanyl transdermal system and the families of those who died from Fetanyl overdose may have a Kansas City dangerous drug injury claim.  An experienced Missouri personal injury attorney can help you determine who is liable for your injury and if you and your family are entitled to compensation.

Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured By A Defective Medical Device?

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective medical device you need to speak with an experienced defective medical device attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.

For more information about Kansas City wrongful death and personal injury, download a copy of our free book, “10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim.”
James Roswold
Connect with me
James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.