... Butrans patch. Has any one here made this transition? I am concerned about this. Just began taking my full 120 a month Vicos 1 yr ago. Before car accident, never took my entire monthly scripts. I do not want to switch if my pain will not be BETTER MANAGED. Help. Please! My pain will only increase. Hep C for 30 Yr's. 2 plates in left hip, 2 Bars in each ankle. Still damaged pelvic bone and surgeon messed up my hip some how during surgery. Chronic...
Butrans is a different kind of pain reliever. It is not a narcotic and works differently with your brain to block pain. Since the patches are
absorbed through the skin, it will take longer, at first, to start to relieve your pain. This sounds odd, but you won't notice the cessation of pain like you do with the vicodin. It's kind of like you gradually realize that you don't hurt, or don't hurt as much. They are extremely expensive, $400+ for 4 patches. So my biggest problem with them was that they didn't last the full 7 days they were supposed to. But I was still prescribed lortab as a breakthrough medication, so that helped. One of the best things was that I didn't wake up with as much pain as I did before using them. So I didn't have to wait for that first pill of the day to take effect before I could really get going with any comfort. Unfortunately it turned out that I was allergic to the medication and had to stop using the patch.
You might agree to try the patches if your Dr will agree to still prescribe you a reduced amount of vicodin as a breakthrough medication. You know that anyone with chronic pain has good days and bad days. That's what the breakthrough meds help with. I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck.
I have to disagree. Butrans sure is a narcotic. It's an opiate also known as Buprenorphine. It's similar to Methadone in that it has a 36 to 48 hr half life. In very small doses like the patch has you can use a Vic or 2 a day for breakthrough pain. But in large doses Buprenorphine cannot be mixed with other opiates. For this reason they like to use it on Heroin addicts. The bottom line is this. If you ever want to totally get off the Butrans it will take up to a year. This is because of it's long half life.
I'm not so sure you are being given a choice. And btw, the gov is not giving Docs much choice neither.
peculiar; Yes this is a Narcotic infact stronger than what you are taking and it's just the begining that it takes a little while to start to adsorb. You should do as the doctor has said read up on them most do perfer them after being on them because you do not notice all the breakthrough pain.well worth a try if your Insurance well cover them this you want to make sure of too. good luck and if you do change im sure the doctor well give you something for breakthrough pain also good luck again and happy new year. Chuck1957
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