Instructions for Use/Handling and Disposal: DUROGESIC should be applied to non- irritated and non irradiated skin on a flat surface of the torso or upper arms.
In young children, the upper back is the preferred location to minimize the potential of the child removing the patch.
Hair at the application site (a non-hairy area is preferable) should be clipped (not shaved) prior to application. If the site of DUROGESIC application requires cleansing prior to application of the patch, this should be done with clear water. Soaps, oils, lotions, or any other agent that might irritate the skin or alter its characteristics should not be used. The skin should be completely dry before the patch is applied. Patches should be inspected prior to use. Patches that are cut, divided, or damaged in any way should not be used.
DUROGESIC should be applied immediately upon removal from the sealed package. To remove the patch from the protective pouch, locate the pre-cut notch (indicated by an arrow on the patch label) along the edge of the seal. Fold the pouch at the notch, then carefully tear the pouch material. Further open the pouch along both sides, folding the pouch open like a book. The release liner for the patch is slit. Fold the patch in the middle and remove each half of the liner separately. Avoid touching the adhesive side of the patch. Apply the patch to the skin by applying light pressure with the palm of the hand for about 30 seconds. Make certain that the edges of the patch are adhering properly. Then wash hands with clean water.
DUROGESIC may be worn continuously for 72 hours. A new patch should be applied to a different skin site after removal of the previous transdermal patch. Several days should elapse before a new patch is applied to the same area of the skin.
Used patches should be folded so that the adhesive side of the patch adheres to itself and then they should be safely* discarded. Unused patches should be returned to the (hospital) pharmacy.
Wash hands, with water only, after applying or removing the patch.
Incompatibilities: None known.