Advanced Search
Current and Breaking News for Professionals, Consumers and Media



Click here to learn how to advertise on this site and for ad rates.

Children's Health Author: FDA Consumer Health Information Last Updated: Nov 29, 2012 - 7:11:02 AM



Fentanyl Patch Can Be Deadly to Children

By FDA Consumer Health Information
Apr 19, 2012 - 2:50:13 PM



Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Ezine
For Email Marketing you can trust


Email this article
 Printer friendly page
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Young children have died or become seriously ill from exposure to a skin patch containing a powerful pain reliever, and the Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert to warn patients, caregivers and health care professionals about the dangers of improperly using, storing and disposing of the fentanyl patch.

The patch contains fentanyl, used to treat patients in constant pain. An overdose of fentanyl—caused when the child either swallows the patch or applies it to his or her own skin—can cause death by slowing breathing and increasing the levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.

There have been 26 cases of accidental exposure to fentanyl since 1997, most of them involving children younger than 2 years old. There have been 10 deaths and an additional 12 cases requiring hospitalization.

###

For advertising and promotion on HealthNewsDigest.com please contact Mike McCurdy: [email protected] or 877-634-9180
HealthNewsDigest.com is syndicated worldwide, and our content is free to all media. www.HealthNewsDigest.com

Top of Page

HealthNewsDigest.com

Children's Health
Latest Headlines


+ Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies
+ Hospitalized Kids Get a Prom of their Very Own
+ Detergent Packets Can Pose Poisoning Dangers
+ Seeing the Benefits of Failure Shapes Kids’ Beliefs About Intelligence
+ Blocking Protein in Blood May Prevent Sepsis in Premature Infants
+ In Child Heart Patients, a Novel Approach Improves Symptoms of Hazardous Lymph Blockage
+ Philadelphia 5-year old to Get 3-D Printed Medical Miracle
+ When It Comes to A Child’s Weight in the ER, Mama Knows Best
+ Tiny Baby Puts Up Big Fight
+ Today's Children Have Worse Health than in Past Generations



Contact Us | Job Listings | Help | Site Map | About Us
Advertising Information | HND Press Release | Submit Information | Disclaimer

Site hosted by Sanchez Productions