On July 1st this year purdue pharmcy has released a new Buprenorphine Transdermal system patch,my pain specialist was thinking about prescribing it to me instead of oxys for pain,a person is supposed to keep the patch on for 7 days and then change it.i told her that id rather stick to the oxys,she told me most pain specialists are going to be switching there patients from painkiller pills to this patch,i have taken oxys once in the last 9 days,the major part of my withdrawl is gone so im debating whether to just try the patch.anywz have any of u guys heard about this new patch?
5 Dec 2010
I haven't heard much about this patch. But if it's similar to suboxone, it really isn't meant for controlling chronic pain. Suboxone is for getting people off of opiates and other substances in relative comfort. It controls the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. But heard it sucks at controlling bad pain. It's also addicting. So if you could avoid getting on this medication, I would do so. You said you were doing pretty good? Please don't jump to the patch if you have bad pain and it's addicting like suboxone is. I'll have to do some research on this. I'm very happy to hear the worst is over for you! Before you start this patch, double check on all of its' side effects. Thanks for keeping us posted on your progress BCboy. It's really good hearing success stories here.
5 Dec 2010
The patch is really really new and I have not heard much about it other than from you and the fact that it was just released. It probably isn't designed to control pain, it was designed to treat opiate addiction. Bupenorphine can treat pain, but when it is in suboxone, subutex or this new patch, somehow it only treats withdrawal pain. If you have true pain for a reason, I doubt the patch is going to be what you need. Now if you have major to minor craving and withdrawal, it should control that.
22 Apr 2011
i just got a script for it for back pain in a car accident and its been working really well so far, its been about 4 hours and i am not in pain. it is sedating but i am not to tolerable to this type of med. i have the 5mcg per hr 7 day patches for a month. says to not get any heat near the patch either or it can release way to much of the medicine and cause possible overdose.
12 Mar 2012
I have bulging disc in L5 S1 area and I'm in pain everyday. ..I've been on lorcet 10s, neurotin 600 and get injections in my back for the past 4 years. I have built a tolerance for the lorcet and was taking around 6-8 a day and was still in pain. This past Friday I was prescribed butran 20mcg and I have Only taken a total of 5 lorcet and 0 neurotin in 4 days. I'm not completely outta pain but 85% better. Theres Only a couple times my back has hurt and its when I had raised up the way I shouldn't have but this is so much better than constant pain which I was in. If anything at least give it a try because I'm telling u I feel a lot better and I honestly think I could run a few laps around a track right now and if you knew me you would know that I'm not doing anything that would cause compression or anything to my back because I was hurting so bad and that sucks coming from an athletic type person who played ball 5 nights a week. I'm just hoping it keeps working but anyways I say try it because its working for me when Nothing else has
23 Mar 2012
I wish that ONLY people who are on the patch would reply. The first two comments are wrong and misleading. Butrans is NOT not like suboxone to get you off of opioids. It's a pain killer for "chronic medium to severe pain."
I've been on it for 5 days and it's the best pain relief in 8+ years. I've been on 4 Norco/day plus Celebrex and Zanaflex. Those pills are unnecessary thanks to Butrans 10mcg. My only complaint is that it's wearing off after 4-5 days, not 7 days as prescribed. Make sure your pain doctor continues at half dose your other pain meds. Save them for days 5-7, if needed. Good luck and yes it works great.
8 Apr 2012
I was put on the patch at 10 mcg. It worked great for 4 days. My doctor explained that it worked on pain receivers differently, so it was not going to give me the "addictive high" of regular pain meds and was not as addictive. It is supposed to be MUCH better for the body. He upped me to 20 mcg. I had a very hard time finding it, but my pharmacy was willing to order it for me. When I stopped using them, my body didn't go into withdrawal. I think it is great idea to get people off of oxy and I'm glad to hear it is helping!!!
23 Apr 2012
I just started on the patch 2 weeks ago. I'm on the 5mcg patch with Lortab 7.5x2 for breakthrough pain. Trying to give these patches a chance, but my pain is still constant with little relief. I'm hoping that my Dr will up the dosage my next visit and that will help. I have noticed that the small amount of relief I got did wear off after the 4th day. The pm Dr I go to doesn't believe in using narcotics for my type of pain ( severe arthritis along with bone spurs in my shoulders and hips). I'm slightly confused about this since the patches are a narcotic. I need more help than he's giving me, but don't want to come across like some kind of drug- seeking junkie. I just want enough relief that I can function on some kind of normal basis. Any suggestions on how to talk to him would be much appreciated.
3 May 2012
In 2010, i had an L4-L5 fusion done. After the surgery, I had continued severe pain. They put me in an MRI machine, and discovered that i have very bad back arthritis. I am currently on the 20mg/hr Butrans patch, and it has made a world of difference. I'm no longer hitting my pain pills on a regular basis ( I keep a very small stash handy for breakthrough pains ), however i would recommend this patch to anyone who is in chronic pain.Tthe downside to the patch is that it generally wears off after about 5 days, but it is alot better than popping pills just to function.
19 Oct 2012
hi i started on Butrans patch 5 about 3 weeks ago,wow i can only say iv stopped all pain medications i was on,im only on the 5 micrograms,and can only say i wish id taken it sooner,it has really worked and stopped all the pain,just an odd niggle now and then,its brilliant,and has now given me my life back,can do things i could never do before.i was a bit woozy for the first 4 days ,but hey bingo.would definately give it a try at least,because you will never know,and you can always switch to your old medication,if it doesnt agree with you,id say it is a brilliant treatment.try it.
4 Jan 2013
My physical medicine doctor just wrote me a prescription for this yesterday as I was diagnosed with disseminated idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. She started me at 10mcg along with my usual script of six 325mg oxycodone a day. This is a pain I've lived with for the past four years and being that I am only 25, I am excited to try something that offers a more permanent solution for my pain and hopefully will alleviate the need for most - if not all - of the pills I've been stuck taking. Reading your responses here, I am confident in starting this regiment. I'll be sure to post again in a few weeks with results!
4 Jan 2013
Your comment regarding almost through with withdrawal is irrelevant re. taking Butrans.
Butrans is a weekly patch pain killer for chronic pain. If you suffer from chronic pain then Butrans is a great supplement to Norco or Oxycodone. It works for a lot of people although expect it to last 3-4 days not 7, as it's marketed. It's best to wiki Butrans and read its half life. (half strength) of 3 days.
27 May 2013
I have been taking the 10mcg/hour patch for 7 days now. I've also been given an enhancer to go with it to. Also I was recomended a specialty cream all designed just for me. As for the patch, I don't feel that it's working effectly enough even with the pain pills he gave with it. I'm still having a lot of, a lot of discomfort! Hopefully he's experiencing just to see how much I actually need to ease my pain. I have arthritus, nearly everywhere. Both hands; both ankles, both knees, & lower back, elbows & shoulders. As for the bio-med cream, I felt absolutly nothing. ( sorry bio med)
28 May 2013
I started on 5 mcg, then 10 mcg of Butrans which kept me out of the ER with my migraines. Then my neurologist raised it to 15 mcg. It has been absolutely wonderful, but I have to stop it because my skin reacts more and more to it. The patches start to itch within a day. 7 days later when I remove it, I have red welts which itch even more. I'm limited to areas to apply it because of a horrible Prolia injection which made my skin inflamed and it is difficult to apply it most places. What a major shame. Many are limited by the time that they can apply it. Next I've been referred to an addiction specialist doctor who will hopefully give me the medication in pill form.
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