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User Reviews for Buprenorphine

Also known as: Belbuca, Buprenex, Butrans, Probuphine, Subutex

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Opiate Dependence 99 reviews 8 medications
   
9.2
Pain 95 reviews 1100 medications
   
7.6
Chronic Pain 172 reviews 108 medications
   
5.9
Summary of Buprenorphine reviews 366 reviews 7.5

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have been on this pain patch for 2 years and I do not think very highly of it. Because I still have tremendous pain even though its suppose to provide relief around the clock. It does take the edge off. But the side effects aren't that great. You will withdrawal from it after you have been on it more than a couple months, its terrible. And while I wait for a p.a. every month sometimes it has taken up to a week for insurance to approve a med I get every month for last 2 years. Withdrawals are horrific with this medicine. I'm actually and honestly thinking about next withdrawal I go through after I'm done. Never putting another patch on me!!! I'd rather take ibuprofen and not have all the side effects. For pain relief equal to ibuprofen!"

   
2.0

Donna Marie DELLARIA September 23, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I have been on different forms of this since January. I started on the buccal film but after my insurance didn't want to cover the brand name (Belcuca) I switched to a higher dose sublingual generic. I now take 2mg sublingual 2x/day (nasty taste! But works and dissolves fairly quick this way) for a chronic ovarian pelvic pain disorder. It's a good medicine for this kind of pain. Sometimes the pain does not go away and I'll have to either take more or ibuprofen. Problem with this opiate is that it's one of the strongest and most other opiates won't overpower it so breakthrough pain meds are most time useless. Regardless it's a good pain med and doesn't make me tired or feel out of it."

   
8.0

Chelseabergstresser (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 9, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I am a legitimate Patient on SSD, with 4 failed spinal reconstructive surgeries, all similar in nature cervical fusions, Lumbar Decompression, Sciatica, osteophites, herniated discs,etc. I literally went from level 10 pain to 0. Pain free 98% on the time 24/7! Period, I take 8mg pill 2 times a day!"

   
10

Wade1978 August 31, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I tried the 75 mcg no relief and dr refused to give break thru pain meds told me to use OTC meds alternate Tylenol and Advil every 2 hrs for the 1st month, but she finally gave me ten pain pills for 1st month. So the end month I go to 150mcg and get copay help card- well after three days of runaround they tell me the card only works for 1st month. If the pharmacy puts it in right so my script had a 79.99$ copay which I can not afford. Tried to ask why they advertise help with copay yet they don't really offer help. So instead of paying $30. For second month I had to pay full copay so just make sure you can afford it before you start it. Oh and no the film don't actually help as the 150s actually bunch and not melt so"

   
1.0

Be careful August 22, 2017

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "So I have a pretty good dependency for pain killers, oxycodone 15mg to be exact. I was snorting about 120 to 210 mg's a day it varied from day to day. I have a buddy that had some subutex. I bought 8, 8mg pills from him and I've been slicing it in quarters and it has killed all withdrawal symptoms. I am using the subutex to come off of taking opiates since 2013. I haven't had any oxy in 4 days I think and have 4 subs left. I hope this works because I am sick of being a slave to oxy."

   
9.0

Razrbaks (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 15, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "Just another addictive pill"

   
4.0

Anonymous August 8, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I was on Fentynal patches for year and a half @ 75 mcg. I was needing a little more pain relief so the doctor was going to switch me to Butrans insurance wouldn't pay so he decided Belbuca. I've currently been on it for almost 2 weeks I can't sleep more than an hour a day I have a massive headache all the time and my skin crawls like there's bugs under it almost . I've talk to the doctor he will not listen it's not controlling the pain it wears off for hours before the next dose I can't hold food down and I have no desire to drink anything either."

   
1.0

SarahBrat (taken for less than 1 month) August 4, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Dealing with arthritis over 20 years; first ran the gamut of all the meds, was lambasted when I suggested old fashioned pain meds. Finally told nothing more rheumatology could do for me; that I should try pain mgmt. That equals opioid therapy; was a godsend for me. 8 years now, no problems/side effects; take as prescribed; rarely asked for increase. I take as prescribed responsibly. With the climate how it is today there's a stigma if you are on opioid therapy you are addicted. BS! After 8 years if I was going to have problems they would have happened by now. Belbuca IMO is using devious marketing ploys; it does not work. Maybe a minority, but what about honest law abiding patients who benefit from opioids taking it responsibly?"

   
1.0

J_JAMES August 2, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have used the Butrans patch for several years and paid a premium price at CVS. Wal Green's has a generic patch and it cost more than half the price! If you a cortisone nose spray on your skin before the patch is applied it will not give you an allergic reaction to the adhesive. I have had stomach problems with the NSAIDs and the patch is great! I don't think I could work if it wasn't for the patch, FYI: Everyone reacts differently to meds, so don't not try it. It works great for me. So I have nothing negative to say about this patch. My insurance covers the generic brand. $264 verses $750 brand name"

   
9.0

walt#4$er July 31, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I've had Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) and chronic back and neck pain for over 15 years. My pain Dr. decided to try my on fentynal patches for 2 months then put me on subsolv, then buprenorphine for 2 weeks. I found little or no relief from the last , fentynal had too many side effects. I never felt withdrawal when we started the process, but I never got sick on the subsolv either. I don't know if I am different or what. I do know that it was a 3+long experiment in different options of my pain control that worked very little, if at all. I had huge expectations as I was told the buprenorphine should drop my pain level dramatically...well it didn't if anything it got worse. I'm back on my morphine ER and norco that worked before and my pain level is a solid 8."

   
1.0

WildTurkey10121 (taken for less than 1 month) July 15, 2017

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For Pain: "Opioid_novoice ....those patches did not work for me either. Have you tried fentanyl transdermal patches? I have dislocated disc in my back also. Fentanyl patches are 3 day patches, they work great. They come in 25 mcg -100 mcg. I take oxycodone 10 mg for break through pain. What a difference, I still have some pain but its tolerable. Much better. And ibuprofen, advil, they are not OTC drugs there (NSAIDS) non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. And with the type of pain you have, they will not work. Just thought I would share with you."

Anonymous July 13, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Pain #9-10 have DDD, neck fusion, severe osteoarthritis as in S1 joints gone, 5 bulging discs, Fibromyalgia and have been in Chronic pain for 10 years now. After telling my doctor that the usual treatment does not work on me and generics don't work at all he tried the Belbuca. First 2 days @ 600 mcg per day made me feel a little better, pain #8 but started feeling dizzy, confused, and heart started racing like crazy. Not sleeping soundly, having nightmares, up and down all night and the pain is worse now."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) July 4, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I was on tramadol for 3 years and that didn't work. I was also taking Gabapentin for fibromyalgia. I started on the patch 5mg then 10mg 7 day patch helped a little for 3 days then became very itchy and very sore and gave me an allergic reaction to my skin raising it and going red and tender for 2 weeks after patch was removed. "

   
4.0

Clattatio (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 3, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I have had 3 major back surgeries in 6 years. Last surgery fused me at 3 levels, taken Hydrocodene for years, was becoming seriously addicted before last surgery. 2 years after last surgery in Nov. 2014 back, hip and leg pain started to return. My pain management doctor suggested Butrans patches, 10mcg/hour every 7 days a new patch. 10mcg was too strong, sleep all the time, so switched to 5mcg didn't sleep but had no noticeable pain relief. Upped dosage to 7.5mcg/hour patch and have decent pain relief, still need hydrocodene 5mg for break thru pain occasionally. I have been on the patches for almost 5 months. Now experiencing joint and muscle pain in arms, wrists and knees. Hate to give up the patch but still sleepy all the time, no energy."

   
8.0

BackPain Boy July 2, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I have take this for oth chronic pain and withdrawal from opiates. Started because brand name was too expensive when I lost insurance. So very good if you don't have insurance because selfpay (~$1.56-$1.89) is better than brand ($8-9). Took one brand that worked well but today was provided with "460" on tab; not a huge fan of taste. Otherwise, effective and cost is good."

   
9.0

R A R (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 2, 2017

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For Pain: "I used this for cancer pain. Nice drug good pain relief No side effect used patch"

   
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Ramkrushan June 19, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Found what works for arachnoiditis but Dr says going to stop prescribing due to government pressure. I am at a loss. Used butrans prior and worked but patches a nightmare"

Ann ominous (taken for less than 1 month) June 1, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "Reduced my need for rescue meds to more than half in four weeks"

   
8.0

Rick1* May 21, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I am on this patch 5mg for three weeks. I have been on tramadol for 13 years and maxed out. I am in miserable withdrawal and anxiety and leg cramps and diarrhea the entire time. So fidgety and miserable I cannot sleep. MD has nothing to say. Do I quit ? I want to forget it and go back on tramadol."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 19, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I was nervous at first reading some of the negative reviews and I talked with my doctor about it a while before I switched. I went back and told him it wasn't enough and he told me that was just the "starting dose" and we'll go up each week until we get to the right dose for me. I was skeptical to say the least but holy cow he was right! At 750 I can't believe the difference. This drug is incredible!"

   
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KnuckleheadHD (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 18, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "Took this for undiagnosed joint and abdominal pain. It helped a little, but even on the 20mcg, I still have a lot of breakthrough pain. Then I put a patch on two days ago. Woke up today with a horrible burning at the patch location. It was so bad, I had to remove it. The skin underneath was bright red and "burnt" looking. It was red both under the adhesive area and under the part where the medication is released. Not sure if I can keep using."

   
5.0

JeannieMeanie (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 11, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I suffer from severe arthritis of hips and knees and they need to be replaced. My Dr put me on belbuca along with my other pain meds and I'm just gonna tell you belbuca is a joke. Thanks to all you junkies out there people like me that suffer everyday from chronic pain literally are forced on this drug because all you crack heads want to get high. You will eventually start trying to abuse this and they will ban it as well. Because you find anyway to abuse something thanks to you all. Think of this when you get hurt real bad and need pain meds and the Dr won't give you any because they don't make them anymore. Think of that and I hope you finally see for your self, but belbuca is a joke"

   
1.0

Brent mcbride (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 10, 2017

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For Pain: "Been in for 10 years. Was prescribed opana and OC before that. I think it's best for me because how long it lasts. Not as many up and downs and if I sleep a long time can easily go 12 hours between dosses. Like a lot"

   
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Subouie Sunday's (taken for 10 years or more) May 3, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I tried the Butrans patch after many years of being on oxy or hydrocodone. The first week was great. The very first night I actually slept & woke up refreshed which I realized hadn't happened in years. After that it was a nightmare! The 2nd week I began to notice I was in more pain than I was before I started the Butrans patch and my right hand was waking me up about 3:30 am numb and feeling on fire and fought with that until I had to get up and go to work. I wasn't sure what was going on. By the 3rd week both my hands were waking me up numb and feeling on fire around 1:30 every night! I was exhausted and in much more pain than ever! I took the patch off and my symptoms are slowly subsiding. DO NOT TAKE THIS MED!!!!"

   
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Panzer2K (taken for less than 1 month) May 1, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "On it for a month and I'm having bad side effects. Extreme restless arms and legs, enough that I can't sleep in the same bed as my husband. Slight headache, nausea, extreme fatigue...can't function and my pain is ok, as long as I don't do any gardening or heavy house work. Right now I can barely make dinner,. I'm so very tired all the time. I had to go on this med because we just retired and my medicare drug insurance will not pay for what worked so well before...then there was a quality of life...now I'm not doing so well."

   
4.0

50orchidlady1983 April 30, 2017

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