i have been on the patch for a week and not found the relief from the pain, nor been able to sleep through the night without waking in pain.
Hi, it takes 3 days for the buprenorphine to build up in your system, so it is then that you should feel the mot pain relief. As long as you keep up the use of the patch and change it every 7 days you should continue to receive a steady supply of analgesic at consistent levels
I'm like you, been on this for about a week and my pain levels are inconsistent. I'm okay in the morning but my pain is greater in afternoon/evenings despite being on the patch for 6 days now. I am determined though to give this thing the full 2 week trial. I read somewhere else (can't remember but it was a drug info site) that it can take that long to achieve consistent relief when first starting out on it. I am so thankful I have some breakthrough pain medicine available to me. You may want to contact your doctor and ask for this.
Hi cjkay & welcome! Some Butrans users have had pain relief before 3 days. If it's already been a week for you, I'd suggest contacting your doctor. Your dosage might have to be adjusted. There are 3 different strengths & sizes of this patch. The doctor could also ascertain that the selected patch site is optimal. Many people on this patch also take some other pain medications for breakthrough pain.
cjkay, please check in the medications browser at the top of this page. It shows that with 6 users' reviews the rating was 8.1 out of 10. It's excellent that you joined the butrans support group. This should be very helpful to you.
I'm so sorry for your pain cjkay. The contributors here on this website are very caring & helpful. Please keep us posted, we'd like to try to help you. We truly do care.
Good luck to you! All the best! from Wendy :)
Everyones experience seems to be different. I began butrams patch a week ago. I definitely had relief w/in three days and could feel the effects almost immediately- with in 10-15 minutes I felt a little out of it "high" for lack of a better description. By the 2nd day (w/in 12 hours of application) my pain was lessened. I have been on Vicodin 7.5 for 6+ years plus Soma & Xanax. I had to take a Vicodin the 2nd day but didnt take any from day 3 until earlier today (day 7) I just applied my second patch about an hour ago.
I just put mine an hour ago and I'm. Already feeling some relief i suffere from chronic back pain. For past 8years i had surgery on my lumber spine L4L5 and i also suffer from chronic pain in my stomache from scar tissue. From surgeries i must admit up to now first time i feel pain free i hope this last long. I did feel lighthead a little bit and some itching so i took some bendryl and that seems to help a bit i dont want to be on pain meds cause there so addictive n i been all types from percocet lortab vicoden ext. Hopefuly like i said earlier this will work well for me il keep you posted on my out come.
It took my patch 36 hours to start working... it hit me hard and I had no pain in the next three days. I seemed to use it up within three days and had no pain relief until putting the patch on again and waiting for about 30 hours to work. My pharmacist said it sounds like you are using it all up and he asked me if I had ever abused narcotics. I have in my early 20s. He said people who have have more opiod receptors and they are harder to treat with patches. He told me I should try going on 5 mcg patch... keep it on and 3.5 days later put another 5 mcg patch on... letting them overlap. Anyone heard of this?
In my experience, sublingual is the only way to take in Buprenorphine and get it to work. And when it works, it WORKS.
The whole time I was on Butrans, I was in agony, and after several months I fired my PMD because he was talking like the pain was all in my head, what they gave me was equivalent to what I had taken before (they consulted a dose titration chart), and I said PEACE OUT.
Went to my new Doctor and he was shaking his head. He said "they've basically just pushed you through rapid withdrawal without your consent." I was like "jigga say who?" And he got up and came back with stacks and stacks of articles (the kind the professionals read) that said clear as day "BUTRANS IS 50% AS EFFECTIVE - YOU MUST DOUBLE THE DOSE WHEN TITRATING."
I was on a 10mg patch, and he had me walk out with 2mg of sublingual Buprenorphine pills. I was FREAKED OUT. Like "You're all I've got - I just fired my other Doctor - now you're going to leave me with THIS??? " (I was so scared cause I know how they work. You start out with them a certain way and that's pretty much what you're stuck with going forward." He said "you have NO idea how much withdrawal you've already gone through. All that pain you kept talking about was REAL." So he bumped me up by one more pill just to make me feel better and when I came in a month later, I shook my head at him and said "I can't believe it. My pain has been more under control, except for some breakthroughs here and there, than I've felt in YEARS. And on this low a dose." He said "Hey, you did all the hard work on that Butrans patch! That must have been a devastating 5 or 6 months!"
"You have no idea... "
I'm on the 15mg patch. Been on it for almost 2 months. Before I started the butrans patch didn't matter what I took my back and leg where in constant pain. I put the 1st patch on about 6 hours later I could tell it was too strong. So I cut it in half... few weeks into it I also noticed that the pain relive was only about 4 days. So now I put the other half on about 3or4 days after the first half was applied keep on both halves 7 days each they really have been the only thing getting me out of bed and being an active mother again. I have 3 small boys so glad the doctor gave me this. I also take tremadol for break threw but I only have to take it in the morning that's when my pain is the worst .
Hi i started the patch a month ago .dr start me on 5mg and quickly bump it to 20 mg .because i was getting no relief .i wore the 20 mg patch after the 3 days was getting relief then a second patch it became better i wake up most oain gone.please give it time it is so worth it .i have slip dics plus arthritis in my lower back was in a lot of pain as well as lung cancer patient .i also am taking mobic 7.5 with it now .the 2 together is great .hang in there !!
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