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
you have been answered by the best of the best. They are correct, and you might want to try the pill version. If you keep up with this allergy, it can become life threatening!! I know, been there done that! Good luck.
I have the very same problem but i am willing to deal with it cause it helps me SO MUCH . Blister and itching is nothing to me. I just love the relief from the pain in my lifr . this is just how i see it . but best of luck to you whatever you do :)
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???
I have been using Butrans 5 mcg patches now for about 4 weeks no problems. This week however my
patch has fallen off two different times at which I had to put a new one on each time. I have no problem with the adhesive part of the patch but I have started getting very rough welts from the medicine square of the patch for 2 weeks different patches . This week the patch has left very raw blisters and leakage.
PLEASE has anyone else had this particular reaction. I told my doctor and showed her the welts/ blisters
and she just gave me a new batch of patches and said if it continues we will have to take me off them and try something else. I really need this pain relief.
I've used alcohol wipes and flonasal spray as mentioned with quality relief from burning and itching. One concern, ive been using 10+ mg since, 9-10-13, no issue with Butran transdermal patch until 11-1-16. Any known changes to adhesive or medication? My attempts to get answers were unsuccessful? Any and all help greatly appreciated! Thank!
I know this is like 7 years old, but I had a hypersensitivity rash to the Butrans patch after using it for months. Every time I took the patch off, there was a blister in the shape of the medicine pad, and whilst wearing the patch, it felt like something was pinching my skin. I have scarring from it. My pain management doc took me off the patch straight away.
Yes! I use the generic Butrans pain patch. Get an Rx for a steroid inhaler like Symbicort or Qvar. Simply spray a few puffs onto your skin where you will place the patch. Allow to dry a minute, then put on your patch. Won't completely stop the irritation, but significantly reduces it. Couldn't wear my patches without it.
Hi yeah you can be allergic to the adhesive round the patch
What you can get is a special steroid spray from your doctor. that you spray on first and then apply the patch when it's dry
I tried a response from this site and it works perfect. I assume you are referring to the redness and blisters under the patch. Buy a bottle of Flonase or any nasal steroid stray. Clean the skin well, dry it, spray the flonase on where the patch will be applied, Let it dry completely, then apply the patch. It works like a charm. If you are having full body redness and blisters you should absolutely stop. It works as a topical steroid. I love my Butrans also. Good luck. Run this by your Doc if you want. I did and my Doc said "Great!".
Just a word to the wise... with the Flonase (or any spray), only put 1-2 sprays on the area. I learned the hard way what happens if you go overboard, lol.
I had an allergic reaction to the brand-name Butrans patch like others here, years ago, so I got off of it. But, there's two new generics out now, so I asked to try one of them. The Teva one has different ingredients in its adhesive, and my insurance was willing to pay for it.
Well, with the first patch, I sprayed the crap out of the area with Flonase, hoping to head off any possible allergic reaction at the pass. I let it dry thoroughly, then put the patch on.
It didn't work for the pain, at ALL, and the edges were peeling away within a day. Three days later, still no relief. We thought it was the dose, so we went up. Again, I soaked the area with Flonase, let it dry, then put the higher dose patch on. Same thing happened - the pain only got worse. Only this time, it fell off in the shower a day after putting it on. Even with medical tape all around it, it just slid right off.
Well duh, the medicine couldn't penetrate that heavy Flonase layer if it couldn't stick! Took me doing this twice and a conversation with my pharmacist to figure it out, lol. Put on a new one four days ago, zero Flonase, and poof! Great, AWESOME, pain control in three days, and heh, it's not falling off.
I am having some itching, though, so when I change it, I will only spray it *once*, then let it dry. I'm going to go ahead and take Benadryl, too, as that stopped the itching yesterday. This medication works so, so well, and the side-effects are so minimal, I want to do everything I can to keep it.
- Butrans Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Butrans (detailed)
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