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Please refer to Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing.

The Durogesic DTrans SmPCs are available at:

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Durogesic DTrans 12 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch
Durogesic DTrans 25 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch
Durogesic DTrans 50 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch
Durogesic DTrans 75 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch
Durogesic DTrans 100 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch

INDICATION(S): Adults: management of severe chronic pain that requires continuous long term opioid administration. Children: long term management of severe chronic pain in children from 2 years of age who are receiving opioid therapy.

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION: Individualised (based on current opioid use, general condition and medical status of patient), assessed at regular intervals after application, use the lowest effective dose. Recommended for patients who have demonstrated opioid tolerance. Application instructions: see SmPC. Adults:  Opioid naïve: generally transdermal route not recommended, consider alternative routes of administration. If Durogesic is the only appropriate treatment, use lowest starting dose of 12 mcg/hr; closely monitor patient. (see SmPC) Opioid tolerant: Convert from previous opioid use. Conversion based on 24 hour analgesic requirement and whether patient has been stabilised (see SmPC). Titration and maintenance: change 72 hourly; titrate to balance analgesic efficacy and tolerability. Children: Only for opioid-tolerant patients (ages 2-16 years) on at least 30 mg oral morphine equivalents per day. Convert dose from previous 24 hour opioid requirement (see SmPC). After initiation or up-titration of dose, monitor for adverse events for at least 48 hours. First dose will not be optimal within the first 24 hours - during the first 12 hours after switching give the previous regular dose of analgesics. Children under 2 years: not studied. (see SmPC) Titration and maintenance: change 72 hourly; adjust dose in 12 mcg/hr steps. Elderly / Renal impairment / Hepatic impairment: observe carefully, individualised dose based on patient's status. In opioid-naïve patients, only consider treatment if benefits outweigh risks; and only consider 12 mcg/hr dosage for initial treatment. Discontinuation of Durogesic: replace with other opioids gradually starting at low dose.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Acute or postoperative pain. Severe respiratory depression. Hypersensitivity to fentanyl or any of excipients.

SPECIAL WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS: If serious adverse events occur, monitor for at least 24 hours after removal. Keep out of sight and reach of children. Risk of significant respiratory depression and/or fatality when used as initial opioid therapy in opioid-naïve patients especially with non-cancer pain. Observe all patients for respiratory depression, including after patch removal. Chronic pulmonary disease: opioids may decrease respiratory drive and increase airway resistance. Tolerance, dependence and abuse may occur; monitor for signs. Abuse or intentional misuse may result in overdose and/or death. Caution in patients with increased intracranial pressure, impaired consciousness, coma, brain tumours, bradyarrhythmias, myasthenia gravis, chronic constipation. Paralytic ileus: discontinue Durogesic. Hepatic / renal impairment: observe for signs of fentanyl toxicity, reduce dose. Hypotension and/or hypovolaemia: correct before treatment. Monitor patients with fever: potential temperature-dependent increase in fentanyl release resulting in overdose and death. Avoid exposure to direct external heat sources. Accidental patch transfer to skin of non-patch wearer may result in overdose: remove patch immediately. Not to be administered to opioid-naïve paediatric patients; potential for serious or life-threatening hypoventilation exists regardless of dose. Guard against accidental ingestion by children, choose application site with caution and monitor adhesion of patch closely. CYP3A4 inhibitors: not recommended unless benefits outweigh risk; if used, closely monitor and consider reduced Durogesic dose. Generally, wait 2 days after stopping treatment with CYP3A4 inhibitor before applying first Durogesic patch. Suspected serotonin syndrome: discontinue Durogesic.

SIDE EFFECTS: Very common: somnolence, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation. Common: hypersensitivity, anorexia, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hallucination, confusional state, tremor, paraesthesia, vertigo, hypertension, dyspnoea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, muscle spasms, palpitations, tachycardia, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, hyperhydrosis, pruritis, rash, erythema, urinary retention, feeling cold, fatigue, malaise, peripheral oedema, asthenia. Other side effects: anaphylactic shock/reaction, respiratory depression, respiratory distress, ileus, convulsions, drug withdrawal syndrome, depressed level/loss of consciousness. Refer to SmPC for other side effects.

PREGNANCY: No adequate data. Neonatal withdrawal syndrome reported with chronic maternal use during pregnancy. Should not be used in pregnancy unless clearly necessary. Not recommended for use during childbirth.

LACTATION: Do not use during breast-feeding. Discontinue breast-feeding during treatment and for at least 72 hours after removal of patch.

INTERACTIONS: Special care and observation when used with CNS depressants including alcohol and skeletal muscle relaxants as hypoventilation, hypotension, profound sedation, coma or death may occur. Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI): do not use within 14 days after discontinuation of MAOIs. Risk of serotonin syndrome (potentially life-threatening) when used with Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI), Serotonin Norepinephrine Re-uptake Inhibitor (SNRI) or MAOI. Buprenorphine, nalbuphine or pentazocine; not recommended. CYP3A4 inhibitors: not recommended without close monitoring. CYP3A4 inducers: monitor and possibly increase Durogesic dose until stable drug effects are achieved. Refer to SmPC for full details of interactions.



12 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch 5 patches PL 00242/0409 £12.59
25 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch 5 patches PL 00242/0192 £17.99
50 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch 5 patches PL 00242/0193 £33.66
75 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch 5 patches PL 00242/0194 £46.99
100 mcg/hr Transdermal Patch 5 patches PL 00242/0195 £57.86

FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM THE MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER: Janssen-Cilag Limited, 50-100 Holmers Farm Way, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP12 4EG, UK.

Prescribing information last revised: 31 January 2017

Adverse events should be reported. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Adverse events should also be reported to Janssen-Cilag Limited on 01494 567447 or at dsafety@its.jnj.com.