I have had my first patch on for about 56 hours now and have not noticed a change in my pain. How long does it usually take to start working and also does water effect it at all. My doctor just put me on the 5mcg/hour patch.
How long before I start to feel pain free with Butrans?
Question posted by Jennifer2017 on 14 Dec 2017
Last updated on 16 June 2022 by sara12345
You can bathe and shower with the Butrans patch on. I have showered with it for over a decade without a problem. But 5 mcg is the lowest level of the patch. It sounds like if you aren't getting any relief at 5 mcg, then you need a higher level patch. They come in 5, 7.5, 10, 15 and 20. I have also used both the 5 and 7.5 mcg patches for a total of 12.5 mcg.
My doctor says it should start working immediately. It seems to me it may not be strong enough for your pain. I would call the doctor and let him know it’s not working.
Jennifer; Normal this patch should start to work during the first patch, I don't understand what you mean about water affecting it, Do you mean taking a shower? you do want to keep it dry. you can try to cover and tape it with something use some saran wrap but they have a very good patch that is made for this at the pharmacy ask the pharmacist and also ask again about you not getting any relief yet. And remember each patch must be placed in a different spot. also please read the directions on how you clean the area and pat it dry prior to putting on a new patch. They have a very good directions on the box and folder and dispose of it right if you have any kids or pets it still has some medication enough to od a dog or cat or child when you fold it up and throw it away so look at those directions very good, please.
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