User Reviews for Butrans
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Reviews for Butrans to treat 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."
TexasGranny (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 11, 2016
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"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."
JustReliefPlease November 23, 2015
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"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."
PearlsGirl November 15, 2015
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"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."
not satistfied (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 23, 2015
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"I increased from 5mg to 10mg of butrans patch 3 days ago. My pain has eased quite a bit. However I'm getting this weird buzzing noises constantly in my head it increases when I blink to. Feels weird and irritating to. Wondering if this is anything to worry about. Feel really lightheaded and drowsy."
Julieveer53 September 17, 2015
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"I love my Butrans patch!!! And it has relieved more than half of my pain, and I know this because I only have to take less than half of my pain killers now that I am on the patch! I change my patch every Saturday, but if I miss 24 hours my pain starts to reside again. If you are not a heavy drinker I would advise trying this patch!!!"
G-Spot Candy August 6, 2015
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"I just started this yesterday, so I will continue to update on it. My low score doesn't indicate that it isn't working for me, just that is not yet had a chance to. So far though I have been up the entire night itching. Not at the application Site, but all over just like I do when I'm coming down from morphine, or other anesthesia after surgery. I hope that this passes because I'm very optimistic that this will work for me. My doctor just switched me to Butrans yesterday to replace Norco and baclofen because my breakthrough pain was just getting so frequent and so severe that the other drugs were worthless. Reading everybody else's stories though makes me feel very optimistic about Butrans."
VgoATX July 23, 2015
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"I had a good experience overall with the Butrans 15mg patches. Suffered from a bad car wreck leaving me with severe occipital nerve pain, migraines, bulging disc in my neck and back. Damage to L5, S1 in a fall and fibromyalgia. I tried so many meds was a ginea pig for trial and error. Tried every pain med that was available and found I was allergic to all but two. After 10 plus years of being in pain I was finally able to get out of bed in the morning and sleep through the night. I could function without the drowsiness or loopy feeling pills left behind. I would recommend this to anyone in cronic pain not part time pain. The only side effects I encountered were 2 years later and are ichy, redness and blistering like rash at application site"
ELLA32 June 17, 2015
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"To be fair to the Butrans patch, I didn't give it a long trial run. I had to take it off in less than 24 hours because the side effects were so severe. Previously I had taken Percocet as needed, but because of the good reviews, I decided to try the Butrans patch. It was a really bad idea. The patch put me into a terrible withdrawal from Percocet only hours after applying it. I had severe akathisia (restless body), stomach pain, diarrhea, and I even started seeing things & hearing conversations in my head. It also made my pupils huge, so anyone who saw me must've known that I was high. It was so embarrassing! I couldn't get that patch off fast enough. I'd rather live with the pain from my spinal fusions, than ever try Butrans again."
BelleSomnium (taken for less than 1 month) May 22, 2015
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"I have a broken tail bone and an L4 fracture, didnt want pain pills so dr prescribed Butrans. Within 1 hour of putting 5mg patch on I was dizzy and light headed. I went to bed and woke up still in pain and still dizzy. Day 2 nausea kicked in and still dizzy, by after i had to call dr because i had a bad headache and very nauseated. Took Dramamine and helped a lil. Day 3 - i felt very out of it when i woke up, by 11am, i was extremely nauseated, dizzy and shaking. Took a Dramamine and ate lunch, this did not help felt horrible at work. I took the patch off at 12 noon and had to leave work. I am home and its 6 hours later, shaking has stopped, still very nauseated and dizzy. Very upset because the back pain had almost been totally gone"
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) March 27, 2015
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"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!"
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) January 30, 2015
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"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."
JakeFukk (taken for less than 1 month) November 21, 2014
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"I have been on pain medicines since 1987 and an injury. I went through it all the way up to Lorcet. Then when they found out I had a liver condition, they switched me over to Butrans. About 30 minutes after taking it, I was out of pain, but I was also in a newer state of mind. On my previous pain killers, I assumed they were working. But with Butrans, once it hit me, I was VERY aware of being on a narcotic. NO pain and a nice buzz on the side. Thank You to Butrans."
Fyl of Riverside (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 12, 2014
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"Had back surgery in 2000. 3 rods 6 screws and bone put in L4 L5 S1. Had severe pain for 12 years. No sleep, ( 3 1/2 to 5 hours a night). No energy, seldom in good mood because of the pain. Sometimes down for 3 weeks at a time. Began Butrans 10 mcg last year and man what a difference. First week was getting 7 hours sleep and pain level went from 10 to 1 or 2. Has been that way for the last 11 months. Now getting blisters and rash at application site. Going to doctor this week. Hope he doesn't take me off. Really not looking forward to the return of a painful life."
Happy man (taken for 1 to 2 years) March 8, 2014
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"After a my injury turned from acute to chronic my Dr. prescribed 10mcg patch. I was very skeptical since a patch seems very non-traditional but I gotta say it worked terrific. You put the patch on once a week and forget about pain/pills till the next week. So effective and convenient that multiple times I have forgotten to change it after a week. Only downside is no hot tub/baths and no direct sunbathing, a bummer when you live on the CA coast! Also no tolerance issues, was on same dose with same results for 2years."
Maximus222 December 3, 2013
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"When the doctor gave me these patches I had a a "yeah right" attitude. I am stunned! I applied the first patch and 3 days later I had significant pain relief! I just applied my 2nd patch and I am able to resume doing a lot of things I haven't done in years. I had side effects at first, sleepiness, shakiness, and severe nausea but they passed within the first week. I am amazed and pleased at the effectiveness of these patches."
dogpaula (taken for less than 1 month) July 6, 2013
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"Fantastic, at first. I received relief from Fibro pain throughout my body and some rheumatoid arthritis pain. (Oddly, I did experience a new pain in the very center of my lower back after beginning Butrans). Once I increased to 20mcg, after 2 days of applying the new patch, I would vomit, nausea and headache. Then, my depression got so bad, almost to the point of hospitalization. Butrans did help with my pain, but the side effects were just too much."
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 10, 2012
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"It works great for about 3 days. It's supposed to last 7 days. By great I mean it dramatically reduces pain (from 9-2) for about 5 hrs/day. Then the pain gradually increases. One good thing is that I don't wake up in pain when the patch is working."
Biobot April 4, 2012
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"I had spinal fusion on 1 disc over 13 years ago. Maybe I should have done the 3 as recommended by one of the 3 opinions because I've have had chronic pain ever since. Still 3 cervical herniations and 3 lumbar. I was on Vicodin and Robaxin and the need increased over time I guess due to tolerance. I was miserable. I finally I gave up and decided to live with the pain. I didn't see a dr for 5 years. Last yr I just couldn't do it anymore. I found the right Dr.- I feel HUMAN again. 10 mg patches work ok with Percocet but they don't work because Butrans has something in it that counteracts narcotics). I do get joint pain in my arms (weird). May need to go to 20mg since percs don't work. On Neurontin for nerve pain. Gained 10lbs but eat less. ???"
Anonymous March 3, 2012
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"I had severe back and neck pain for 4 years , been to neurologist , surgeons , chiropractors , physical therapists with no relief or quality of life. I don't even know how I was working. My dr put me on the Butrans patch and my pain decreased a lot. I had no side effects for 8 months. Now I have severe itching and burning at the site and itching all over, to the point I want to pull it off."
Anonymous February 4, 2012
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"The patch started off a great alternative to the other options, but I quickly had too many issues with it to continue using it. It constantly peels off, it leaves big red itchy bumps, it loses its effectiveness after about 4 days, it makes me dizzy, nauseous, light-headed, it makes my heart race, and it gives me headaches. Too bad because it really killed the pain. Never mind the cost."
Anonymous January 25, 2012
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"I have found this medication to be very successful for me. I started on the 20 mcg/hr patch because of post op nerve pain continually wakening me throughout the night (with all the results a lack of sleep has on you both physically and mentally). Through the use of the patches, I have been able to finally sleep the night through and reduce other medicines (Lortab/Flexiril/Klonipin) and stop one other completely. It is a low enough dose that doesn't make you all loopy while still strong enough to have a long term effect on my arch nemesis and yours, pain. Even if my insurance didn't pay for it, it is the one medicine I would still purchase out of pocket."
Anonymous January 20, 2012
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"I had back surgery a year and a few months ago for a ruptured L5 that was causing severe pain in my lower back and down my leg. The surgery was not a success and am worse now than I was. Tried injections having nerves catheterized, and physical therapy, none of which helped. My dose of Norco's just kept getting higher and higher to where they couldn't give me anymore and be able to perform my job. My doctor put me on the Butrans patches and the relief I get is absolutely amazing. Very seldom do I have to take the Norco's. I started on the 10 mg and now am at 20mg. Like others my only complaint is about day 5 or 6 they start wearing off then takes a day for new patch to start to work. Overall they have made my life more comfortable than it has been."
Anonymous December 29, 2011
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"The best medicine I have taken so far for control of sacroiliac joint pain. I have been on Oxycontin, Percocet and this patch works better. The side effects are tolerable. My only complaints are severe bloating and constipation. You really have to stay on top of taking a laxative or you will be in bad shape. But you cannot beat the pain control. The patch enables me to work full-time at a professional job and remain comfortable.."
Anonymous December 28, 2011
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"I was put on the 10mg...it kind of helped with the pain but I feel dragged down from it and people keep telling me and asking me if I was tired or sick. I'm young, well 34 and I have 2 children 7 and 17 and I'm not wanting to do 2 much these days because of it. "
lee77 December 6, 2011
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