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I used fentanyl patches for a full week. I wore two 25 mcg

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I used fentanyl patches for a full week. I wore two 25 mcg patches for three days each. I removed my patches on Sunday and did not think anything about it. Monday afternoon I became very ill with what I thought was a stomach virus because my daughter was sick with a stomach bug too. But I have gotten worse each day. It is now Thursday morning and I can not miss anymore work but I am extremely nauseated, having a very hard time not vomiting, have not had any solid food for two days, and I'm extremely tired but also shaky. Am I going through withdrawals from the patches after using them for only a week?? If so what can I do to help this? I am miserable!

Your symptoms are not classical of withdrawal. Please see this resource for the withdrawal symptoms;

Your symptoms can be due to combination of electrolyte imbalance due to stomach virus and mild withdrawal symptoms. You may do following;

1) PeptoBismol
2) Dramamine
3) Gatorade / Pedialyte
4) Plenty of fluids
5) Banana, rice, applesauce, toast. Vegetable broths / vegetable soups, coconut water also can help.
6) Probiotics.

These should help in the recovery. If your symptoms are moderate to severe, it is recommended to consult a doctor.

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