My Dr just swapped me to the Butrans patch. I haven't started it yet. What kind of experiences what
When I was on buprenorphine (Butrans), it was an excellent pain relieving med. I had no side effects from it's use.
Here is a link to how others have found it.
If you read through some of the responses on the link you will find quite a few people have problems with redness and itching at the patch site. My dr told me a good way to avoid this is to apply a cream like benadryl to the area before applying the patch. Give the cream time to absorb and your skin to dry. Sometimes this works for me, sometimes it doesn't. Also I do find they start to wear off by the 5th day or so. If your dr prescribes breakthrough meds, just try to save a couple extra for the 5th & 6th days. Check the edges before bathing or swimming. If the patches get wet directly inside you'll have to remove it and use a new one. This happened to me and the answer is not on the literature, I called the company and was told to change it by one of their reps. The literature will tell you not to use a heating pad while wearing the patch, but my pm dr said it would be fine as long as you didn't put the pad directly on top of the patch.
Good news for me since my heating pad is my best friend on rainy days! Just a little extra info for those "enquiring minds" that may want to know!! Good luck with your pain relief.
I have found the Butrans patch to be a wonderful pain reliever in the 10mcg dose, one step above the 5 mcg. It has kept me out of the ER for the first time since getting the 10 mcg dose.
I have not had much of a problem with redness from the Butrans patch, but it is a big problem with my estrogen Climara Pro patch, where it leaves a red cut along the edge as well as bright red spot for days afterwards. Also I have not ever had a problem with the Butran patch not staying on as I have with the estrogen patch.
So thanks for the Benedyl cream trick for my estrogen patch!
Whenever I have had to wear patches in the past, whether it be nicotine or fentynl patches they never stick to me. My solution especially for the fentynl since it had to stay on for 3 days was to buy waterproof clear bandages (I think the brand is Nexcare if I remember correctly) that were fairly good size (3" x 6" or around that) & they would keep my patches on throughout everything- showers, pool, jacuzzi, steam, you name it for 3 days & more. I hope this helps. It is an added cost but cheaper than not using them & having a patch fall off early & having to use another one too soon. Cheers, Di
I have Sjogren's Syndrome with 2 other autoimmune diseases. I am always in severe pain all over. I tried the Butrans Patch and it caused severe peripheral edema in my entire body. I gained 12 pounds water weight. The patch did work, but had to stop it.
I do have side effects with All NSAID's but my doctor thought this would work.
The Patch works negatively with my body's prostaglandins.
I have been useing these for chonic pain for years, they are awesome, a bit expensive but you can get help paying for most anything. Once they get in your system it just accumalates in your blood. Its just hard to find breakthrough meds, I just use tramodol. This all works, but so many people what to get high. Im just glad to be pain free. Blessings
I just recently tried this patch. the 5mg is fine for me. (only been a week) tried two patches yesterday and it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest and my back felt really sore. I had to pull the one patch off and take some tramadol to help it out. Sadly, I do not think I will be able to continue with this patch. :(
it took a few days but took an edge off my back pain. However, it gave me violent headaches. And since my insurance barely pays anything for it, just not worth it...
Terrific. And now it comes in generic. Helps me live my life. Probably
the biggest negative is the patch itself. Really make sure skin is clean and dry
I used to get BUTRANS so long ago they didn't have a generic for it. It only came out in 20mcg patches. They were so strong, one patch lasted 8-9 days. Now any insurance will only pay for generic and I can't get "Name Brand".
I just started on the Burtrons patch (not sure about the spelling, sorry) its 10 mg. I put me right to sleep. I was wondering if it was going to do that every day. the paperwork says it takes 3 days for it to get into your system but I was wondering if anyone has the same side effects. TIA
- Butrans Information for Consumers
- Butrans Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Butrans (detailed)
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