The doctor tells me I need to stop using patch because of the blisters, but it's the only thing that helps. Anyone know of a way to stop the blisters and itching to stop?
It sounds like you are allergic. If the blistering and itching occurs where you have had a patch in place then it is likely the adhesive you are allergic to. If the itching and blistering is all over then it is the medicine itself you are allergic to. There is nothing you can do except stop the medication. Allergies only get worse the more you are exposed and can get to a point as to be life threatening.
The active ingredient in the butrans patch is bupenorphine, the main ingredient in suboxone and subutex pills and films. See if your dr will try you on either of those, I would go for subutex and in a fairly low dose, but I am no dr, but I did use subs. I agree with Dzoobaby, you are probably allergic to the latex in the patch and/or the adhesive and not the bupe the patch has in it, so subutex or suboxone may be your answer. Best of luck, and tell your dr and all drs you may be allergic to adhesive or latex. Patti
I recently had itch and rash problems with Burtrans patches. Have been using them for a year now, the rash got worse when moved from 10mg to 15mg. I have allergy problems any more and to strange things after Lymes disease treatment.
I think I have fixed my problem. I simply cut the outline of the square area away, tossing the Glue tape. Used 3M Healthcare 1626W Tegaderm Transparent Adhesive Film and reapplied to another area. No itch no problem and the pain patch seems to be working fine.
This is an unfortunate problem for many of us. I agree that it is probably an allergic reaction to the adhesive. Something you can try, that has worked for myself and many others in the same predicament, is Flonase for irritation from patch. Spray, let dry and apply the patch. Good luck.
I've been using Butrans for almost a year. I don't get the rash or itchiness, but here's my trick... my pain management doctor recommended that I clean the area with alcohol first, let it dry. To prevent any reaction, I spray some Flonase, Nasonex, or any other steroid nasal spray on the area I want to apply the patch. I let it dry, apply the patch, and cover with Tegaderm.
The steroid spray helps to prevent any bumps, itchiness, or other allergic issues with the patch. I hope this helps someone
My rheumatologist says it's from the type of adhesive used on all sorts of patches, pain meds or otherwise. After the 4th time I was left with a chemical burn, I vowed to stay away. But, needing the pain assistance and reading the below suggestions,I may try one more time. btw, I've been trying the steroidaltopicals, but wasn't allowing to thoroughly dry. I wonder why the pharmaceutical companies do not suggest using the Tegaderm???
- Butrans Information for Consumers
- Butrans Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Butrans (detailed)
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