I read where the Butrans block other narcotic meds... so whats the point... am i wasting my time and money?
Your confusing two different types of medicines. Butrans which is Buprenorphine by itself is a pain medication that is stronger than hydrocodone, oxycontin, morphine, Demerol and methadone. Now Suboxone is buprenorphine and nalaxone. Adding nalaxone which blocks narcotics which means no feelings of euphoria or pain relief. If u ever overdose nalaxone is given which reverses the effects of narcotics. So by adding the two types of medications buprenorphine which is a narcotic so taking that is what prevents u from going through withdrawal b/c its a narcotic. The nalaxone inhibits you from feeling the effects of the narcotic buprenorphine. As far as why butrans was added again its a stronger narcotic. If the norco which is hydrocodone wasn't helping or was helping some but didn't last then a lot of the times the Dr will add additional medication. I'm surprised this wasn't explained to u. So no the butrans is what's called maintience medication and the norco becomes what's called break through med. The Butrans is ur primary medication take continuously the norco take intermittent as your DR prescribed.. So I hope this has been helpful.
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