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User Reviews for Buprenorphine

Also known as: Belbuca, Buprenex, Butrans, Subutex

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Opiate Dependence 79 reviews 7 medications
   
9.2
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8.0
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7.4
Summary of Buprenorphine reviews 220 reviews 8.2

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have been on the Butran pain patch for several years now because of chronic back pain (23 years). I started with 20 mcg and now I'm on 15 mcg. It really helps with my back pain. I hate taking anything that blurs my mind and this by far doesn't do that. I am tired a lot ( I have CFS) and I drink a lot of water. This medicine saved my life. I am now walking, swimming (I apply a waterproof bandaid over patch) stretching, and housework. My life is so much better. I am not pain free but on a scale of one to ten, ten being the worst - I am a three. For almost 20 years I was a ten. "

   
10

KatieKateisme February 4, 2016

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For Chronic Pain: "I was on the 20mg patches they made me sick and black out. I have been reduced to 10mg ones seem to be working good so far in very to little to no pain for the first time in my life these patches are a savior anyone that deals with chronic pain and is on opioid tablets I'd recommend the switch :)"

   
8.0

fitzy93 January 25, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Patch worked great at first. Now I'm on the 20mcg and the itching is killing me. Now I am having a hard time urinating after being on this patch for over 3 years. Guess I will have to be in pain again. Don't get me wrong at first this was amazing but it's just not giving me the relief I need. Had to start using more breakthrough meds."

   
4.0

Traffikman312 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 22, 2016

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For Chronic Pain: "Not as effective as previous prescribed med for chronic pain but does take the edge off. Prescribed to take 2 times a day but could benefit more from 3 times a day. Pain reaches high level before 2nd dose is supposed to be taken (I have a high tolerance). Instructions are put tablet under tongue, let dissolve. Not a good taste but can feel pain level dropping. Other than bad taste, no side effects. Also on antidepressant for depression and appetite but this improves appetite better. Would recommend for pain."

   
4.0

Chewster January 21, 2016

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For Pain: "I very been taking Hydro 10/325 for about 13 years. THIS medicine is a Life changer! My dosage was at 6 a day with my tolerance. It was just unbearable to the point that of asking for help many times due to the way I was taking them. Basically I took twice the dose I had to really be able to participate in LIFE. I also have taken many other medications like antidepressants Cymbalta, several. I am still taking my flexaril & gabapenton but trying to cut back from 1800mg a day, I'm now sure this is the cause weight gain for me. But in other combinations the prior year I lost over 50 lbs not even trying to. Very scary. I have thyroid issues, several biopsies over the years. I have neuropathy low back to mid compressed disc, neck pain & sciatica."

   
10

SeOregon (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 20, 2016

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For Pain: "I have been taking 3 perk 10 s a day,for the past 7 years I don't take more than 3 should I stop?"

DMAN77 January 15, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "It works pretty well for me until it starts to wear off on the 5-7th day. I think there should be 5 patches given a month instead of 4 per 28 days. Or the manufacturer needs to improve the quality and lasting power of each patch. I do have to admit without this medication, i would be unable to have a normal life. My pain level would be about an 8 on average without it, and thank goodness I was referred to my doctor by my orthopedic surgeon. I occasionally have a little itch under the patch when it gets wet. I hate that it is not more waterproof. I believe this is part of the reason they lose their strength. I do have Norco to supplement my pain relief, but if the patches would hold their potency, i wouldn't have to use the Norco."

   
9.0

TexasGranny (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 11, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have suffered with RA from the age of 5 so for 45 years of pain. I am starting at the lowest dose with good results and limited side effects. Will probably need to incr. dose at next visit. But finally have some hope for a pain free day."

   
7.0

hopeful for painfree January 10, 2016

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For Pain: "I have had chronic lower back pain after falling through a deck, I lived with the pain as long as I could. I finally found a Dr. that would help me, she prescribed the Butrans patch. What a change it made. I started with the 20mcg but found it to be too strong, I didn't like feeling tired all the time, she lowered the dose to 15mcg with Norco 7.5 for breakthrough pain. I really like the patch as it has worked wonders for me, I rarely need the Norco. All I can say is thank you to my Dr. for prescribing these. take as directed and avoid other medication unless approved by your Dr."

   
10

lcbrn (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 5, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have been on the patches for about four months and they really help. I have mild itching at the site and have little or no side effects. Sometimes I have a little dizziness. This may be due to the initial application being a little stronger upon the initial application. They are costly so ask your doctor for a discount card."

   
9.0

ewirman (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 4, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Injured at work as an RN and had a spinal fusion with scar tissue issues. Butrans is awesome. Change the patch once a week-- no need for constant pill popping. Butrans makes the pain tolerable and I can forget about when I took the last pill and if I have taken too many. Pain is well controlled. Have decreased the patch from 10 to 7.5 and doing well."

   
10

NurseJm December 30, 2015

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "This did work for very severe back pain. It lasted for about half a year. Then I changed to 20mg oxy twice a day. These have now failed. I'm now going back to Subutex. When it works, it is very very good. Long term, no idea."

   
10

ThatJames (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 6, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I want to update since May 2015. It has been 6 months. I will say YES the pain patch works if your tolerant and give it time and have the correct dose. It does stay on it you folow directions and bathe correct. What I hate is I can't get in the sun. I live in Florida. I cant swim or it will start peeling they are not cheap. It has restricted my work outs. I have no more interest in it not sure why. I'm about to pick up my last box. I' going to slow the use of them by cutting them over time. I just put on my last patch for this box. Im going to wear it for 14 days not 7. Then I'm going to cut the next patch in 2 wear it 7 days and then the other 1/2 14 days. then the 3rd patch in 3. The same with 4th. I have tramadol if need be."

   
8.0

JustReliefPlease November 23, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I have been on the Butrans Patch (20) for three weeks. The results have exceeded my hopes after years of enduring chronic pain related to Fibromyalgia. The relentless pain in my neck and back while sleeping has been reduced at least 90%. I am able to make my bed, bathe, cook and do laundry most days. I am more tired than normal, which is probably attributed to my increase in activity each day. The negatives so far include moderate agitation and mild itching and irritation at the location site."

   
10

PearlsGirl November 15, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "After reading the reviews I am scared to take these patches , my first worry I told the pharmacist was it falling off and possibly getting into the hands of my grandkids and she assured me it won't Reviews say different ...with all the negative reviews I think I will suck up this broken rib ..."

   
1.0

Susan ca November 2, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I've been using this patch for 2 and a half months. It helps my pain a little but I feel that this stuff is a joke. I started at the 5mcg dose and am now on the 15mcg dose. My pain management doctor refuses to try something else. I stay nauseated and constipated. I get rash and blistering at the patch sites as well. It's all the bad side effects of pain medicine without the benefit of helping pain. The only good part is that it weakens considerably after 2-3 days so I get to eat some. It's worthless as a pain reliever for me."

   
2.0

not satistfied (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 23, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "fibromyalgia for 16 yrs, also have ostelarthritis. so much pain, I was given 5 norco , 4 soma daily. worked for pain, but wore off at night. would wake in severe pain and mild withdrawals, norco only lasts 4-6 hours. Was given butrans 10 mgs, upped to 15mgs in 1-2 months. Woke up with no pain, at first!! was allowed 3 norco, 3 soma for breakthrough. patches wore off often on day 5-6. after 18 mo. wake in pain again. breakthrough meds not sufficient. Have gained 30 lbs, I sweat until my clothes are drenched with slightest exertion. I wake 2-3 times nightly, I am exhausted all day. Sleep for 2-3 hours after kids go to school. side effects seem to have become more of a problem, and pain relief has lessened. hard to keep patches on."

   
3.0

momto11 (taken for 1 to 2 years) October 22, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have had spinal fusion, done with 6 discs herniated and a fractured vertebrae and a spinal stimulator put in and about 36 injections but was never a pain med. person until I could not walk. So I broke down and took the lightest dose of percocet 5mg. It worked for me but after surgery the pain was really really bad. so the Dr. started me on butrans 5mg but it didn't not do anything, so went to the 15mg but got very very sick, sluggish unmotivated just felt lousy BUT got rid of the pain. I have gone back down to the 10mg and stayed on that for a bout 6-8 months but I have just got tired of feeling lousy, and sluggish, so I went to the percocet 10mg as I need them and I have found what works for me. I hope it helped out."

   
7.0

cart-usa (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 21, 2015

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Hi, I have used Subutex for two years for pain and it has helped me quite a lot. I broke my upper/lower jaw when I was 15 and had arthritis in my neck and back since I was a young child. For years the pain doctors treated me with procedures and many narcotic pain medications which only relieved my pain at first, but after using It for years I had no life. My life was dependent on the pills, I lived in fear of withdrawal. I also felt extremely sick, could hardly get out of bed, and developed tons of other issues. After being off them for years, my Dr. Put me on Subutex for pain. It helps me quite well, few side effects. I would like to stop one day, terribly my young brother died while withdrawing this drug, but for now it has saved me"

   
7.0

silver007 (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 20, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Butrans causes depression, anxiety, dizziness, nausea. Do not get on this medication."

   
1.0

elle3 (taken for less than 1 month) October 11, 2015

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Sorry I want to share what happening to the inside of my mouth. I Have perfect teeth and since I started to take sub's I am in deterioration mode. This drug sucks. Maybe try with something else."

   
5.0

Shitty bup October 11, 2015

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For Opiate Dependence: "I am unable to fill my normal Zubsolv 1.4mg /. 36 nalproxone, again, because it's so new and no one uses this low dose. Won't be here until Tues, it's Fri & have 1 left. Had to find some from people since I need a script to get the 1.4s in Stock. Dr never calls back& /or makes me do an appt so she can get my 40 copay. I found this med. Worried about 8mg vs. 1.4. I Started suboxone in 2004, switched to subtext, then to sub film. Insurance Co made me switch to zubsolv! I only take opioids for pain cuz I can't get a Dr to prescribe narcotic w/my history, & only take them when I have a painful day. Instead I'm forced to take this everyday. It's not fair! I switched 1 drug dealer for another! At least I got high with other dealer! Not fair"

   
1.0

OpioidHater (taken for less than 1 month) October 9, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Came back to update my experience with the butrans patch since my last review. I was on 10mcg now on 15 mcg, which was a rough time increasing. I was sick for about 2 weeks and had 2 ambulance ER visits with anxiety atttacks and vitals all over the place. A couple thingz. the pain is not all gone, it's stable but still there. I have still taken less tramadol and of course stopped the gabentin due to water weight, but I take a water pill also as I have gained about 20 pounds in the 4 months I started the patch (yes 20 pounds :/ ) I now eat nothing but yogurt, meat, raw veggies and protein bars and my weight won't budge :( in addition I wake up all night every night like clock work several times a night every 2-3 hrs. BEWARE"

   
3.0

JustReliefPlease (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 6, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I had a series of heart surgeries two years ago due to constrictive viral and then bacterial pericarditis. I have fibrous muscles in my chest from the pressure of up to two liters of extra fluid inside my pericardium multiple times and then not healing properly after the surgeries. I have been in a lot of pain for the last two years. When I first took the patch I was shocked at how well it alleviated my pain, I was only on 5mcg/h, the smallest patch, and it worked wonders for me. At least for a while. After 6 months we have decided to stop the patch due to what seems to be opioid induced pain increases due to the mental effects of the drug. As well as some serious and stubborn constipation due to the opioid."

   
7.0

Alexander Zecharias (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 3, 2015

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I became unconcious, and some how showed positive for cocaine. Don't really understand how this can happen. I've never taken "street drugs". As a result of the false positive I can't even get any Meds. The Drs. Are running so scared with all this miss use of pain killers, that they won't give it to the ones that need it."

   
1.0

taapiggie (taken for less than 1 month) September 24, 2015

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