In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Take that, cancer

I just got back from the doctor and he prescribed me a bunch of Fentanyl patches. Fentanyl is the king daddy of opiate analgesics more or less. It's usually used for cancer patients and according to wiki is 3 times more potent than heroin and 81 times better than morphine. Of course, that's the pure stuff when it's not in a transdermal patch so it's not really comparable. Suffice to say though that this is many orders above the codeine I've been taking. Hell, it suggests not even trying to patch unless you're taking at least 300 mgs of codeine a day. I'm probably a bit short of that on average, but that's more due to trying to conserve meds than out of anything else.

I'm hoping to be able to give the stuff a whirl before I actually have to get on the plane. The patch lasts for 3 days and starts to really work within 12 hours of application. I will admit I'm a little unnerved by the fact that my google search for the stuff turned up so many reported cases of overdose. Not that I haven't considered the fact that overdose might not be the worst thing in the world mind you, it's just the fact of being caught unawares by one doesn't sound appealing. If I'm lucky, we'll get the script filled sometime today so I can slap it on tonight.
Tags: chronic pain, drugs

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