Help Avoid Common Errors With Transdermal Patches
Patients often ask how to use transdermal patches properly.
Clarify when cutting a patch is okay. For example, don't recommend cutting a patch that has the drug in a reservoir, such as brand Androderm or NicoDerm CQ...this may lead to dose dumping. Also tell patients NOT to cut fentanyl patches...since exact dosing is critical.
On the other hand, explain it's okay to cut some patches, such as Lidoderm...since the med is evenly distributed in the adhesive layer.