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Duragesic Patch Side Effects

I am an experienced trial lawyer who has been fighting for the rights of those injured by defective drugs. The rapid advancement of the medical field in general and the pharmaceutical industry specifically has led to remarkable and beneficial advances in many cases, but this rapid advancement also comes with a price in certain situations.

One example of paying that price concerns the medicated product known as the Duragesic patch, and many people in Oklahoma and around the United States have suffered as a result of a defect that was discovered with the product. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of using the Duragesic patch, you need to contact Privett Law to schedule an initial consultation.

The Duragesic Patch’s Manufacturer

The Duragesic patch is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaeutica Products, LP, and ALZA Corp, both of which are subsidiaries of a true corporate giant, Johnson & Johnson, which is a company with many other market interests besides this patch.

The Duragesic Patch’s Intended Use

The Duragesic patch is intended to be used by those who suffer from chronic pain, and it works by having the patient affix the patch to an area of the body that’s experiencing pain in a certain location. The patch is supposed to release a pain medication to the area affected, and the relief is supposed to be automatic in nature.

Side Effects of the Duragesic Patch

There is a major side effect associated with use of the Duragesic patch, and it’s quite severe and extremely dangerous in nature. Basically, the patch comes armed with a high amount of pain medication, and due to a problem during the manufacturing process, this medication showed a tendency to leak directly into the patient’s skin in amounts that were much higher than expected. Not only could this lead to an overdose of this pain medication, but it will also lead to the patch running out of this medication before it was supposed to be replaced, thereby causing ineffective pain relief and even withdrawal symptoms in some patients.

However, the most serious side effect is the unintended overdose of pain medication. This overdose can lead to serious complications, including over-sedation, which can lead to a coma and even death in certain situations. Below are a few of the side effects to watch for if you’ve used the Duragesic patch:

  • Nausea
  • Extreme sedation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Extreme fatigue

Aside from the dangerous side effects and symptoms above, withdrawal symptoms based on the high dose of medication followed by the lack of said medication that follows the leak include:

  • Sweating
  • Sleeplessness
  • Extreme pain in the affected area
  • Abdominal discomfort

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the FDA recommends that you discontinue use of the Duragesic patch immediately and contact your primary medical care provider as soon as possible.

FDA Warnings on the Duragesic Patch

Given the potentially grave danger that this medication leak presents, the FDA did ultimately get involved with the notification process in 2004. The FDA announced that the company was recalling the affected lots of the Duragesic patch as a result of the problems encountered, and the control number was 0327192.

The FDA also warned against simply removing the product from your body with your bare hands, which should indicate the amount of danger involved. The government advised affected patients to remove the Duragesic patches with this control number with a rubber glove to prevent any chance of additional pain medication leaking through the skin in amounts that were too high to be considered safe.

Duragesic Patch Injury

If you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of using the Duragesic patch, you need to contact Privett Law. I am ready to listen to your situation and to recommend a course of action during an initial consultation.

Given the fact surrounding the situation, the most likely theory that would be used to hold the responsible parties responsible is that of products liability. Under this theory, an injured party would need to prove that he or she used a Duragesic patch that was indeed defective, and that this defect led to the harm suffered by the user. This can be a complicated case to bring, but I will be able to guide you through this process.

Defective Product Lawyer

If you are suffering because of the Duragesic patch, you need to take control of your situation by enforcing your legal rights. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation.