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Review: could Fentanyl cause Headache?

Summary: Headache could be caused by Fentanyl, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Fentanyl citrate, and have Pain.

We study 14,049 people who have side effects while taking Fentanyl from FDA and social media. Among them, 354 have Headache. Find out below who they are, when they have Headache and more.

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Fentanyl

Fentanyl (latest outcomes from 14,378 users) has active ingredients of fentanyl citrate. It is often used in pain.

Headache

Headache (pain in head) (latest reports from 1,202,085 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 14,029 people reported to have side effects when taking Fentanyl. Among them, 354 people (2.52%) have Headache. They amount to 0.03% of all the 1,200,223 people who have Headache on eHealthMe.

Trend of Headache in Fentanyl reports

Time on Fentanyl when people have Headache * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Headache89.13%0.00%4.35%0.00%6.52%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Headache when taking Fentanyl * :

FemaleMale
Headache57.32%42.68%

Age of people who have Headache when taking Fentanyl * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Headache0.00%1.86%1.86%8.51%8.78%20.21%36.44%22.34%

Severity of Headache when taking Fentanyl ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Headache0.00%50.00%0.00%50.00%

How people recovered from Headache ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Pain (64 people, 18.08%)
  2. Carcinoid tumour (33 people, 9.32%)
  3. Back pain (27 people, 7.63%)
  4. Depression (23 people, 6.50%)
  5. Anxiety (19 people, 5.37%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Fentanyl citrate (211 people, 59.60%)
  2. Nitroglycerin (47 people, 13.28%)
  3. Versed (46 people, 12.99%)
  4. Prilosec (42 people, 11.86%)
  5. Aspirin (39 people, 11.02%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Mary on Feb, 8, 2013:

    2 years ago I was bit by a tic, had 5 eye surgeries, pulled a 100 pound trash can down a dirt road with potholes and my arm distorted behind me and my ex husband pulled a shotgun on me and I barely got out alive. One of these things started my conversion disorder or all of them. I have a trembling right arm and my thumb sticks straight out and twitches constantly. I have cervical stenosis and my neck hurts so bad and I also have issues with my spine in the c-5 region. My doctor could care less that my arm is trembling and ignores my complaints. I have had this trembling arm for 2 years. 3 neurologists said I had parkinsons but finally a 4th neurologist took over an hour with me and said I do not have parkinsons, I have conversion disorder with cervical stenosis and radicopathy. They are sending me to physical therapy as if that is going to cure anything.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Marcy on Oct, 24, 2012:

    All this seems like nothing compared to what they have me on and its not several doctors it all comes from the same one. During the day I am on oxycodone, fentyl, klonapin and ativan. At night I am on trazadone, seraquil, temazapam and more klonapin. I never feel hight or out of sorts at all. Maybe my body digests it different. I seem to be the exception here.

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