... cut patch in half?
Let me share the following information on the use of butrans patches:
Use Butrans Patch as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
•Butrans Patch comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Butrans Patch refilled.
•Do not use Butrans Patch if the pouch seal is broken or if the patch is cut, damaged, or changed in any way.
•Keep Butrans Patch in its original package until you are ready to use it. Apply the patch as soon as you remove it from the sealed pouch.
•Butrans Patch is only to be used on intact, clean, dry skin. Do not apply Butrans Patch to broken, damaged, or inflamed skin.
•The application site should be hairless or nearly hairless. If you have no hairless areas, clip the hair; do NOT shave it. If the application site must be cleaned, clean the site with clear water only. Do NOT clean the area with soap, alcohol, lotion, oil, or other cleansers because the risk of Butrans Patch's side effects may be increased. Allow the skin to dry before you apply the patch.
•Apply the patch to the upper outer arm, upper chest, upper back, or the side of your chest on either side of your body. Do not apply a new patch to the same skin area for at least 21 days. Do not wear more than 1 patch at a time unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
•Press the patch firmly in place with the palm of your hand for about 15 seconds. Do not rub the patch. Make sure the contact is complete, especially around the edges. Wash your hands after you apply or handle a patch.
•If the patch does not stick, you may tape only the edges with first-aid tape or cover the patch with a special type of clear adhesive film dressing (eg, Bioclusive, Tegaderm). Do not cover the patch with any other bandage or tape. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the kinds of dressings that should be used.
•If the patch falls off, do NOT re-apply it. Apply a new patch to a different skin site.
•A patch may be worn continuously for 1 week (exactly 7 days) or as directed by your doctor. After removing the old patch, a new patch may be applied to a different skin site.
•After removing the used patch, fold it in half with the sticky sides together. Flush the used patch down the toilet. You can also use the patch-disposal unit to seal the used patch. Never throw Butrans Patch away if it is not sealed in the patch-disposal unit. Discard the patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.
•If you forget to change your patch on the day it is due, change the patch as soon as you remember. Do NOT double your dose to catch up.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Butrans Patch.
So, as previously mentioned, it is not ok to cut the butrans patch.
Good luck with the process of getting off the opiate hydromorphone.
- Hydromorphone Information for Consumers
- Hydromorphone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Hydromorphone (detailed)
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