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User Reviews for Buprenorphine

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

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For Pain: "I had surgery because because I blew out 3 disc. I used oxycodone. At my request I started going to a Pain Management Clinic. I was put on Morphine and Dilaudid was on them for about a year. Then they decided to try me on Buprenorphine 8mg. Pill under the tongue. I was also having caudal injections which they gave me IV sedation. I also had a pain stimulator implanted . I wish I never did that it doesn't help either. Being on Buprenorphine I have horrible swelling in my legs and feet I also can't sleep more than 3 to 4 hours at night. I take 100 mg of Trazodone which still won't let me sleep. I also have bruising after my 4 th back surgery (laminectomy) they took my off oxycodone and started me back on 8 mg of buprenorphine. I hate it."

   
1.0

No pain relief (taken for 2 to 5 years) November 21, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "At 45 - 2 bulging cervical disks (C2,C4), stenosis with radiculopathy into my trachea. Very strange and unbelievably painful. 4 years tons of epidurals, physical therapy, hot packs and, yes, pain meds. This one is a winner with a giant caveat. First narco, then percocet, then oxycontin, then zohydro then... back to Narco. Not fun. BELBUCA: It works... well enough. You have ZERO euphoria or any druggie feeling - you can function and be productive. The pain blocking sensation that a true opioid provides is there. My only gripe is the tiny 12hr “mouth patch” itself. This is a disaster and has caused several destroyed patches that refused to insert and stck to finger. HUGELY frustrating. Will not properly dose unless applied perfectly."

   
7.0

EdInHouston (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 17, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "Begin using this drug to ween off of oxycodone. Was taking 30-40mg oxycodone per day for joint pain. Buprenorphine 2mgs once in the morning and I can work all day with no pain or discomfort. Waited 12 hours after last dose of oxycodone to take. Experienced no adverse effects."

   
10

Ben There (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 10, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I hate reading reviews before I take a med because it does have a placebo affect on you whether it’ll work or not. (If you’re doing this, stop! Just take the meds and see how it works for YOU.) But I was put on belbuca after misusing Vicodin from chronic pain and disc replacement surgery. Vicodin helped but dosage wasn’t enough and I abused it. But belbuca Never helped my pain. Started at 300 and had WDs so bumped to 600mg and helped WDs, but not pain. I had break through meds but Belbuca renders them useless. I ended up taking more BT meds trying to help pain on bad days but then sent red flags to my doc. He didn’t seem to get Belbuca did not work for me. Withdrawals are GOD AWFUL."

   
2.0

Devv (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 20, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "CANNOT believe peeps on this forum don't get that Buprenorphine is STILL AN OPIATE, (ie NOT a miracle just a replacement)...5 years thinking "this is great" til you try to get off it. Of 20 people in my rehab, 15 were coming off Meth or Subs.. Dangerous dangerous pharma substitute MORE addictive AND harder to kick than any street gear. Take my word for it or carry on kidding yourselves. Naltraxone will give you your life back ... Good Luck and reduce NOW"

   
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DaveyDee October 18, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I have had Fibromyalgia for 25 years +-, degeneration of the cervical spine and bulge of several discs in my lower back and neck which each area needs surgery but I refuse to go through it. I don't like being on buprenorphine because of the stigma behind it and having to go to the Dr. once a month I was on tramadol for 19 years which work well most of the time but it was starting to impact my liver enzymes and with both parents dying of liver cancer I wanting to reduce my risk. After 2-3 months on Buprenorphine 8M twice daily my liver enzymes went from 4X the upper limit to 1.5X the upper limit and is now almost under the upper limit. Using ultrasound my liver was 50% larger than it should be, now it is normal."

   
7.0

DetroitBobby October 15, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "My husband & I have been taking (54 411 Tablets) Buprenorphine HCL 8MG (Sublingual) Manufacture: Roxane Laboratories for a while now. If It wasn't for Buprenorphine we'd be dead or who knows. We've tried all different manufactures of subutex & the only one that has done the trick was the Buprenorphine 8MG Roxane(54 411 Tablet) They saved mine & my husbands life & we're happier, more healthier than we've been in so Long. My husband has severe pain in his neck & needs surgery. He stopped taking pain meds and had withdrawal. He started taking the Suboxone strips & it didn't help pain instead it really made him sick to is stomach. He then switched like I did to small ones & oval ones. Then one day we had the Buprenorphine 54 411 Tablets & we wouldn't go back to anything else."

   
10

NIKKI & JON (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 10, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "On pain patch 3 years and lowered from 10 mg to 5 mg. Did this to stop the use of this drug. It works great for about first year then other issues start. Poor sleep, withdrawal after 5th day, won't last 7 days. When I stopped it I had legs and arm spasming to point of not walking, also lack of energy, and tired for about three weeks, depression, lack of interest in anything. Don't start if you can avoid it.."

   
2.0

Mark D October 9, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "So I started Butrans Thursday noon and currently it's 48 hours I've been on 7.5. I could feel it trying to help my chronic pain. But it just doesn't seem strong enough. I'll need to see about a higher dose. Otherwise I've had no not one side effect. I sleep great. But the stronger dose will be necessary for my morning pain. I worked Thursday and Friday with some relief and I wasn't limping quite as much. The breakthrough med tramadol doesn't do squat for me. I feel the patch is a good fit for me. I just need a higher dose. I'm actually bored not having to take pills all the time. Thanks!"

   
8.0

Johnsonarat1 (taken for less than 1 month) October 7, 2017

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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!"

   
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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!"

   
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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."

   
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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?"

   
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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."

   
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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."

   
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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. "

   
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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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