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Fentanyl Pain Patch "Very Dangerous"

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Russellville, ALFor families who have had loved ones die after using fentanyl patches, there can be a lot of unanswered questions. Although sometimes the cause of death is linked to the use of a Duragesic patch, in some cases the link is not as clear-cut. All the family members can say is that there was a change in the Duragesic patch dose in the time leading up to their loved one's passing, leaving them wondering if the Duragesic pain patch caused the death.

In 2006, Beth H. (real name withheld) was in a car accident. Her hip was broken in the accident and she suffered neck and back injuries. After surgeries to repair the hip, Beth was sent to a pain clinic and was, at some point, put on a fentanyl patch for her pain. Beth's daughter, Sandra (real name withheld) says that in July 2009, the dose on Beth's fentanyl patch was changed, from 50 mg to 75 mg. On August 18, 2009, Beth died at her home. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack. Beth had just turned 50 on July 24, 2009.

"In March 2009, my mom got married," Sandra says. "She was the happiest she'd ever been. She was very stable and was doing awesome. So I don't know why the doctor increased her [fentanyl] dose. I don't remember her saying she was so hurt that she needed more medicine.

"She didn't really have heart problems before this. She had a heart murmur, but that shouldn't have caused her heart attack. After we found her at her home, her husband wondered if the pain patch had something to do with it. That's when I noticed that her dose had been increased.

"I didn't notice many changes in her after the dose was increased, but I wasn't around her as much as usual during that time. I would say that the weekend before she passed away, she ate a lot, and she was not a big eater. At one point, she ate over half a pizza, when she usually ate maybe half a piece or one piece at most. She just kept eating.

"Also, about a week or two before she passed away, she called me and apologized to me, told me not to feel bad for decisions I'd made in my life. She told me she loved me—it was odd for her to call like that.

"I don't know for sure that the fentanyl had something to do with her death, but it's something her husband and I wonder about. I just feel the patch is very dangerous and people need to know how dangerous it is."

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I'm so sorry for you loss. My husband past away in 2005 and I think it had a lot to do with the pain patch.

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hi, i'm on fentanyl for back pain,but it's only 25ugh,the va had me on 100 ugh and 1 and1/2 years ago,i got bloated my va doctor fail to run test ,4 days later i was aprox 90 % dead in st. elizebeth hospital at belleville,IL THE ambulance driver found 2 100unit fentanyl patches on me, but 1 was old and wrinkled up and had expired, anyway the marion va doctor said i had OD , wrong cause they shot me wity norcan twice didn't help then they checked my blood sugar and it went off there chart over 500. i had type 2 diabetes and my heart is scared. my va doctor cut off all my pain meds,stopped the pain manager doctor from treating me, i ask for fed investigation, my records got changed to monty brown a prisoner dr.zang also stop er from treating or helping me never in last 8 months treat my diabeates or give me a glucometer, wrote a md a jc va in st.louis,MO not to treat me, then got on his harley motor cycle and went to wyoming va to pratice,I NEED A TORT OR MALPRATICE ATTORNEYS HELP AS THERE IS MORE,MONTY

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