My doctor put me on the Butrans patch with Norco for breakthrough. I was confused because I thought you could not take one while taking the other. Can anyone answer this question.
Butrans - is it okay to take Norcos with the Butrans patch?
Question posted by Becca8 on 29 Dec 2011
Last updated on 30 May 2019 by Juniebjonezzzzz
Yes its completely fine. People get confused between Butrans and Suboxone. Butrans is pure buprenorphine which is concidered an opiate. Suboxone contains naltrexone. Naltrexone is the drug that blocks other opiates.
The Makers Of Butrans recommend That a PRN be used atleast 1-3 tablets 4-6 times a day while using Butrans they also admit that the drug is much less effective on the 4th day. Ive been using Butrans 15mcg/hr for about 3 years i find it to be crap For the simple fact it does become much less effective after the 4th Day the only day I'm actually comfortable is the day I change the patch and im lucky if I have a good day on the second day. In Canada CEDAC the group that approves medication for government Funded programs has denied Butrans being Added to their formulary on several occasions as it is not cost effective and and Oral Pain relief is still required.Oral Opioid options are much cheaper and just as effective..
once your on suboxone,subutex or butrans,you can take an opiate for break through pain.BUT you can not take any kind of bupnorphine till most of an opiate is out of your system. another words,once your on bup you can take an opiate BUT,not the other way around... subzero58
Yes its ok to use norcos and butrans people do it all the time
Hi im also trying to find out what i can take for breakthrough pain, but im getting all kinds of confusing answer, im sorry i cant help, if i find something out, ill let you know...
I was surprised too, but apparently you can. It seems that when the dose of Buprenorphine is very low you can also use a short acting opiate for breakthrough pain. I say this because I have a friend who was on the 20 mcg Butrans patch and he was also given Percs for BT pain. He takes 2 or 3 of the 7.5 mg Percs a day. He says it all works together fine. He said the biggest problem is the pain relief of the patch starts to wear off after day 4. He thinks the patch should be changed every 4 or 5 days, rather then 7. I'm not exactly sure what he's doing, but I think he tries to keep the Percs for the last 3 days of the 7 day period and then use them. However he's doing it, he tells me it's working out good. So go ahead and use the Norco for BT pain as the doc said you should.
It would be great if you come back and tell us how it works for you. The patch is still so new that we'd like all the personal testimonies we can get, because we are all different. But try it, I think you will be fine.
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