User Reviews for Butrans
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Reviews for Butrans to treat Pain
"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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"I have been on Butrans patch for about 6 months. Started on 5mg, then 10mg after a few months, and then 20mg. I had several side effects although it did relieve my pain. Just the past two days I had to go off of the patch because my side effects were very worse with being on the 20mg. The side effects I have experience since I started Butrans 6 months ago are: In the beginning, very itchy all over, not just at the patch placement site..that did go away after about 3 weeks. Severe horrible constipation...I mean horrible.. severe appetite loss. Although I needed to lose the 27 pounds that I have lost since taking Butrans, I am a worry wart, so I worry it could be something more severe, but I think its the patch. Severe nausea too."
hebrown November 10, 2011
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"I have been using Butrans for 2 months now. I have scoliosis, cervical and lumbar bulging discs. I do get relief from the patches but it doesn't take the pain completely away. I also am prescribed Vicodin for breakthrough pain episodes. My main complaint is HEADACHES! I have been having the worst headaches so I discontinued the patch for the past week and a half. I am going to resume it today. I will let you know if it's the patch or something else. I am hoping I can continue with the Butrans because it does give me relief."
Anonymous September 27, 2011
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"I have suffered really sore muscles as the patch wears off. My neck feels like I have whiplash and my upper back and shoulders feel stiff and hurt. I'm always well aware when it's time to change the patch. The problem is that the muscle pain starts to get really bad on the 5th day. Because of the 4 patch per month limit, I have to wait. Vicodin makes me feel loopy and Tramadol makes me feel completely out of it. I will be speaking with my doctor to see what he recommends I do. I, too have rashes at the patch site as mentioned by many others and the itching can get quite embarrassing as I don't realize I'm standing at the meat counter at the grocery store scratching my belly until someone starts to stare. "
Anonymous September 22, 2011
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"I have had pain from 2 ruptured discs and spondylolesthesis for the past 9 years. I used to be very athletic (running, lifting weights, yoga, biking, etc.) and I had to give all of that up. That would be have been ok if it had relieved the pain, but it didn't. I've spent the last 9 years on Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Flexeril, and others. I had given up on having any quality of life. That was until I found Butrans. I have been on it for about a month, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, my back does not hurt. I am sleeping through the night. I do not feel drugged out (like Vicodin) and have no side effects. Not one. This medicine is a miracle."
Anonymous September 7, 2011
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"I've been using the Butrans patches for the past 6 months. In the beginning everything was wonderful and breakthrough pain was nonexistent. I then began having more pain and my doctor put me on Norco 10/325 3x daily. It was then that I developed rashes, itchiness and an intolerance to both medications, which my doctor said isn't that uncommon. Now I'm on 20mcg/hr and life is good again."
Anonymous September 4, 2011
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"I just started using the patch yesterday and after sleeping I saw that the patch was starting to come off. I had to put medical tape all around the patch to keep it on; but even the tape is folding up I am not sure that this patch will last longer than 2 days. I am afraid to take a shower because I think the thing is going to come right off."
Anonymous August 25, 2011
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"This patch is the best thing to happen to me since I hurt my back. It gives me freedom from living my life based on prescriptions. No more worrying about running out of pills, or waking up in the middle of the night just to take a pill because I start to go through withdrawals. (I am not talking about puking in the toilet, curled up on the floor withdrawals. I mean the awkward feeling and leg twitches that wake me up). I work 12 hour shift work 3 to 4 days a week and the fact is I need more pills on some days. It was a constant worry having to balance my pain, work, life and pill intake so I wouldn%u2019t run out. I still need oxycodone for %u201Cbreak through pain%u201D but I do need to take JUST a few to feel comfortable. If I have a day off work and only need one pill, I don%u2019t have to take more later. If you have just started taking them, give them some time to kick in, it took a week or so for me to realize it was really working, after two months I realized the overall impact on my life. The freedom from a pill bottle is the main benefit, and I am sure other chronic pain suffers can relate. I read these blogs all the time, to research and gather information about new medicines my Doctorr wants to try. I have never felt the need to share until this point. Hope it helps somehow."
Anonymous August 10, 2011
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