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Also known as: Buprenex, Butrans, Subutex

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Review by gbuchanan:

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10

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: It has helped me out tremendous.

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February 21, 2015 9:43 PM

Review by Vegas Corky:

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9.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: Great improvement with the patch. I have joint pain and deterioration of the spine and my mobility has come back to where I can now do household tasks, go out to events, dining and visiting friends. Started with 5mcg and gradually increased to 15mcg. The side effects have been rough to deal with. First the itching skin and then blistering. Swollen ankles. Night sweats. Some of this is worse than others. But how can I get this level of relief with something else? I will find out about Kenalog spray recommended by another writer here. Swollen ankles, elevate and ice. Night sweats, do not sleep on the patch. I keep hoping my body will adjust to the adhesive and medication after time. I will keep using Butrans.

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January 30, 2015 9:45 PM

Review by Azpainpatient (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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5.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: I saw in the comments that someone had an allergic reaction. I thought interesting. After 10 weeks of wearing the patch I develop some itching around the edges. The next week I had intense itching as if bit by mosquitoes. I removed the patch and tried one more patch. The reaction started after 2 days, mild itching to a very discrete raised red patch the exact size of the patch. I don't know if it's the patch or the medication but will have to discontinue use. Too bad since it really worked well at alleviating my pain at night

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January 30, 2015 3:53 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: So far Butrans has been a lifesaver. I've been on every nerve medication and pain killer for the past 6 years. I was taking 10 Oxycodone every day just to stay functional. 1st day on the patch I didn't think it was going to work. The next day I woke up almost pain free for the first time in years. It made me realize how bad my pain had actually been. Butrans has been nothing short of a miracle for me. No more pills (except Mobic). No more roller coaster of highs and lows of pain medicines. Just relief. It's only week 2 but the difference is amazing. Some minor side effects, little sleepy, subtle headache, but that's about it. I feel almost 100% normal again. I honestly had almost forgotten what normal felt like. Thanks Butrans!

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January 30, 2015 2:10 PM

Review by markimarki (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: I was addicted to Heroin for almost three years. I tried everything from Suboxone to methadone to tapering and even cold turkey but Subutex was the only thing that worked. Subutex has truly saved my life.

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January 24, 2015 2:54 PM

Review by itzaloc (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: After 10 years of taking OXY-HYDROCODONE for pain for a condition that I still have and they still prescribe me this meds, but since I have been taking them for so long us the users taking them legally or not after a while our body gets immune to them that the dose that the doc says to take every 4-6 hrs it doesn't have the same effect anymore so what do we do we take more. So as the year was coming to an end I decided to start the new one opiate free so here I am I haven't taken any opiates this year and I feel good, different it's been so long that I forgot what a normal life feels like but to tell you the truth I feel awesome and it's all because I decided to take Subutex to end this once and for all and it's doing a good job...magic pill.

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January 10, 2015 12:28 PM

Review by JustCarolyn:

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9.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: My pain Dr suggested Butrans. Butrans works for me. Takes my pain level down to 3 or 4 and that is manageable for me. The only problem I have with the patch is I am allergic to the adhesive. I have to use a spray steriod prior to placing the patch. So far it has worked. No itching or whelps. I have a hard time getting it approved through both my insurances. It takes a couple of days to finally getting it approved. I rarely have to take my breakthrough pain meds and I like that.

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December 29, 2014 12:09 AM

Review by alvis-red (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: I was given Butrans 10 after gallbladder surgery, and ended up with adhesions, I started the patches 1 every 7 days and was shocked the next morning after applying it the day before, I had been getting up in the night to take Norco 10 and also 3 to 4 Norcos during the day, the first 3 months the 10 mg worked great with 2 Norco during the day, some days only 1 Norco. Then when I started the fourth month I realized I was having to get up in the night and take a Norco, I would wake up my knees and legs killing me, I have put up with this for 6 weeks, when I return to the dr tomorrow I will ask if he needs to up my mg to a 15 or 20, the Butran 10 had worked great at first I guess my body just got used to it and I need to ramp it up.

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December 28, 2014 6:48 PM

Review by Mamma Bear 1997 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: I started on the 10mg but still had a lot of pain for 4 weeks. So now my Dr started me on the 15mg and now I am pain free. Love love love it.

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December 14, 2014 9:30 PM

Review by ThatJames (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: I have severe back pain and already require round the clock pain with a Transtec 35, micrograms (buprenorphine) transdermal patch and thought it would be enough until I experienced horrible breakthrough pain! My Tramadol did not really help with breakthrough pain. I was placed on 60mg of codeine Hydrochloride and later 10mg Oxycodone and they also failed. I did not wish to try much higher doses of these medicines because of tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia concerns. After hours of research I found the answer and made a suggestion to my Dr. He agreed to add Subutex for breakthrough pain and it worked very well. Great team work. EXCELLENT RESULT!

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December 11, 2014 4:20 PM

Review by caseyq (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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8.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: Taking Butrans for 90 days....10 mg patch.....I love how it helps to control the highs and lows of sharp pain....keeps an evener feel

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December 3, 2014 12:54 PM

Review by SouljaOfLove:

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9.0

For Opiate Dependence: I've been on the Suboxone program for over 13 years. I am now weening once again but have had nothing but complete success on this medication. I would recommend it for anyone addicted to heroin or methadone or any opiate for that matter. A HUGE thumbs up!

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November 21, 2014 6:49 PM

Review by Pink lobster (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

For Opiate Dependence: Had been using Opium for two decades twice daily, so significant. Chose to detox using Subutex, was given 8mg having abstained from my last Opium use 12 hours earlier. This was an unmitigated disaster, sent me into chronic withdrawal. Second time I researched extensively, cut my opiate use right down and left it nearly 30 hours before Subutex. Was given 4mg, this time the medication's effectiveness was impressive. It met the positive reviews I'd read online, and then some. It provides the most incredible slow incline to it's peak however, most importantly (for me) didn't impede thought or activity. It appears to offer so much more than other treatments for opiate addiction. To sum up, just remarkable!

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November 21, 2014 3:04 PM

Review by JakeFukk (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: I have not been on it longer than 2 days yet. I have a weeks patch at 20mg. I have results but I'm still in some pain. My DR has told me to use a further 10mg patch! I will add this on Monday and write again.

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November 21, 2014 11:02 AM

Review by Agirlnamedpete (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

Buprenex (buprenorphine) for Pain: My cat was given Buprenex oral after surgery. I'm assuming it worked on his pain but now that he's off of it he's "seeing ghosts in the house" and slinking around in fear. Hallucinations are one of the side effects. Just letting other pet parents know what can happen. I'm sure it will wear off but for now it's just upsetting to watch.

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November 16, 2014 10:06 AM

Review by PastAddict (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: Subutex saved my life hands down. I was an out of control opiate addict before I finally admitted my problem to my doctor. I was put on a Suboxone first, but had negative reactions to the naloxone in it (rashes and swelling). The Subutex was more effective too. I had to stop taking it cold turkey when I got pregnant and suffered some pretty rough withdrawals symptoms (nothing as bad as detoxing from oxycodone though). A few months ago I was diagnosed with a kidney stone and was prescribed opiates to treat the excruciating pain. I immediately started abusing them and found myself back in the clutches of addiction. I just got back on Subutex today. I'm so thankful for this medication. I know I can regain control of my life again!

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October 24, 2014 8:26 PM

Review by SubutexSAVEDmyLIFE:

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10

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: This medication is God send. I have been an opiate addict for over 10 years. I have tried Methadone, Suboxone, being totally sober (which caused me to go insane as well as suicidal). I truly have hope for my future now and after about 14 years of searching to just feel "normal" I finally do. Within two weeks of getting my dosage correct my parents and friends could see a MAJOR difference in me, my attitude towards life, my appearance, my motivation and overall happiness.

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September 27, 2014 10:45 PM

Review by bbrat:

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10

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: I never was into pills before but in 2009 I had a child and with all my kids I had to have a C-section. It started by me not being able to move out of bed and take care of my kids. I decided to take 3 x 500s Vicodin and that's when it took me right away. I started taking them everyday to get the pain to go away and for that energy. I had a 2 year old and a newborn and I was changing 2 diaper at once on Vicodin. I couldn't believe the energy. Anyways years later no kids, no house, no car, or anyone, my friend told me about Subutex and I went and tried it out and have been clean since Nov 2012 recently had another child in 2013 and I didn't even want any pain meds actually Subutex took my pain away more. This has truly changed my life

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September 18, 2014 11:18 PM

Review by Wastooscaredtotrybutthen (taken for less than 1 month):

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10

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: I was scared to try this but saw these reviews... I want to thank you all for easing my mind! I finally tried Butrans and am so thankful this exists. I have been on pain medication for a couple years. I was so tired of the constant ups and downs that seemed to come in shorter and shorter intervals. This patch works great! I'm in less pain, sleep better, and am finally getting off the couch and doing some things.

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August 29, 2014 3:21 AM

Review by Arrowstar:

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9.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: This medication was fantastic for relieving pain. It was more effective than oxycodone or hydrocodone. I had absolutely no side effects but one. The one side effect was just too much to deal with. Basically, this medication took away all libido and initiative and motivation. On the positive side it made me feel relaxed, sedated, and a sense of well being with absolute 100% pain relief at all times, but I may as well have been a zombie. This medication made me not care about much. Normally having a high sex drive, I had no libido at all, lost complete interest in my salsa dance lessons, and zero interest in going out. That's not living life. I prefer to stick to my hydros in that case.

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August 23, 2014 9:28 PM

Review by Kaylee74 (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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8.0

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: After 5 years on pain pills, 4 years injecting heroin, 2 years clean then a month long relapse, I went on the methadone clinic for 7 years. I never felt right, I'd feel dopesick by 10 pm (12 hours after 300 mg dose of methadone) I gained 100 pounds, had profuse sweating. The methadone clinic I went to wouldn't give me take homes due to my other scripts. So NO VACATION, standing in line at the clinic on Christmas morning. It sucked! So I was telling my Dr. Who just so happened to have a Subutex clinic. I went through the horrifying detox but am grateful I did. I feel free from the daily run to get dope or methadone. I have a monthly prescription and it feels like a life time ago that I went through all that. I have my life back.

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July 18, 2014 3:00 PM

Review by desbibb:

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8.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: Butrans changed my daily living. I loved what its done for me so, much that I have 2 other friends suffering and their Drs. have them on it now too. the only thing I don't like is the prickly itchy feeling but, after reading some of these review I may talk to my Dr. about their suggestions. also, I find that after the 1st 3 days I have had little to no side effects. I am sometimes able to push my days out to 8 as long as I don't overdue the week. otherwise I am ready by mid day of the 6th day and will often change it the very eve so, that by my 7th day I'm back up and running. hope this review helps i know when i went on it, the reviews were helpful to me.. thanks BUTRANS for my LIFE!!! if you have pain BUTRANS WORKS.

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July 8, 2014 2:16 PM

Review by FibroRunner (taken for 1 to 6 months):

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: My doctor first prescribed these for me at the 10mg dosage as many of her fibromyalgia patients did well on them. When I first started to use them, the side effects were awful: headaches, light headedness, dizzy spells that came on out of the blue, severe nausea. But after the first patch, the symptoms seemed to ease when I would place the patches on my thigh or arm. Then by the 2nd box I noticed they weren't doing anything for the pain. So my doctor up'ed the amount to 20mg. I started to take the first of those patches this week. Side effects were tripled. After going for a 4 mile run, I came home and felt like I was going to pass out. This turned into my vomiting violently for 20 minutes. Don't know that I'll continue; pain has dulled.

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June 26, 2014 9:17 AM

Review by Elise901:

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9.0

For Chronic Pain: I wanted to say that I have been taking this medication for about 3 months now. To put it into perspective, I told my doctor that I had actually laughed the previous week. I have chronic pain from spinal arthritis, foot, knee, and leg pain from arthritis and spinal nerve pain from damage from shingles. I was miserable. I still have pain, and have to be careful not to overdo it, or I have break through pain. But this is a good thing because I don't want to do more damage to my joints. I take gabapentin for nerve pain. I wanted to say that my doc prescribed an asthma puffer to put medication on my skin before I apply the patch. I spray it on by depressing the puffer, and then spread it very gently. No rash. I forgot once and had blisters.

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May 29, 2014 1:58 AM

Review by KDHS:

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5.0

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: Chronic back pain/three back surgeries. Medicine is only mildly useful. I have breakthrough pain every time I have to walk more than two or three minutes. I was told I shouldn't need anything besides this medicine, but that is NOT true. I am also having a skin reaction at the patch site. Before being given this medicine, I reminded my doctor that I have a problem with most bandage adhesives (only paper tape works), but she said this wouldn't be a problem. Wrong....I am getting blisters.

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May 16, 2014 2:50 AM

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