... hydocodone for a while. Will pain pills work while on the patch or should I remove it while recovering?
27 Feb 2011
I am not positive but I don't think that opiate will work at all while you have the butrans patch on. Bupenorphine, the active ingredient in this patch takes up all the receptor sites in the brain for opiate, so, pain meds probably will be blocked too. Call a pharmacist or your patch doctor to verify, and definitely let your patch doctor know you need the dental surgery so you won't get caught with no pain relief.
27 Feb 2011
Yep, Pattihans is correct. The active medicine in the Butrans patch is buprenorphine which has a greater affinity to the pain receptors in the brain than other opiates. This means, as already mentioned, that it will attach to the pain receptors more strongly preventing other opiates from working. You will need to discontinue the Butrans before starting the hydrocodone. Butrans is not good for post surgery pain.
Best to talk to the prescribing doctor to determine how long before surgery you need to discontinue the patch.
Hope this helped.
28 Feb 2011
I may have misunderstood your question if so, I apologize I had surgery a couple of years ago (Minor) at that time I was on fentanyl patches, the doctor who did my surgery told me I would need a small dose of something else because the patches were mean't for one kind of pain and the mild medication he was prescribing was to take care of the new pain, I hope I have not misunderstood, Patti may be correct since this is dental work, above all discuss this with him and in the end he can make the decision, I wish you the best of luck and if you should ever need us to answer anything else we are here to try and help you
1 Mar 2011
may i ask what is the difference between butrans patch and fentanyl patch i'm on 75mcg of fentanyl patch now alone with 15mg of oxy's and soma's and ultrans ,plus fentanyl citrate for really bad break through pain! sorry to answer ur question with a question!
but as always before taking anything new or having anything done check with ur doctor !
25 Mar 2012
I was on BuTrans for about a month and a half before switching back to the fentanyl patch ( BuTrans was causing a skin rash from being on for a week at at time). During this time ( & now with the Fentanyl) my doctor has me taking 1 tablet of the 10/325 Percocet 4x a day for break through pain. I think you will be fine. No need to take the patch off.
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