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User Reviews for Buprenorphine

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

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Opiate Dependence 98 reviews 8 medications
   
9.2
Pain 91 reviews 1119 medications
   
7.6
Chronic Pain 160 reviews 113 medications
   
6.0
Summary of Buprenorphine reviews 349 reviews 7.6

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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!!!!"

   
1.0

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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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "My second try to share what happened to me after trying this RX. I have a nerve injury in my face and use oxycodone as needed. I tried this patch and after a few hours my voice became hoarse, nose plugged, sore throat and minor wheezing. I applied this to my right shoulder and my armpit swelled and became very painful! After searching symptoms I found a long word that meant my lymph node had swollen and was painful! I find it hard to believe that this thing would help anybody's pain."

   
1.0

Cat Army Wife April 28, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have many different problems. I broke my lower back, my pelvis in twelve different places, my pubic bone and many other things. Also have a titanium rod my left femur. All due to a wreck I was in 2012. I have been through multiple surgeries. SI joint injection (which made my pain 10 times worse). Many different medications. Nothing has worked. But belbuca has made an amazing difference in my pain. I also get nerve block shots and just recently had my nerves in my back cauterized. This along with belbuca has made me feel alive again. Yes I still have daily pain. Yes I still wake up popping cracking and groaning from pain. But I take my medication and my pain level goes from a 9/10 to 4/5 pretty fast. Couldn't be happier!!"

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) April 27, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Doesn't work"

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) April 21, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have been given the Butrans patches and then I was taken off them due to a allergic reaction with them then I was put onto the 150 mcg of the Belbuca I was on that for months and I was being honest with the dr and told them that it wasn't helping with my pain so they upped it to the 300 mcg and left me on it for 2 months and still no relief. I just had a visit this month and I was just upped again and once again my unused meds are being flushed infront of me because I go to a pain clinic and am now taking 450 mcg and needless to say this junk still is not working. I have had shot after shot and have even had surgery I don't know what else to do. All I want is relief is that too much to ask? They claim this is the only thing they have."

   
1.0

n2fairies2004 April 21, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I have been on this patch for almost 3 weeks. I noticed stomach pain in the beginning and it's been steadily getting worse. I went to the ER thinking it was gallstones. Nope. So I took the patch off and will be following up with my family doctor. This patch took away 60%-85% of my pain but the stomach pains are so bad it's just not worth it."

   
5.0

Kat girl82 (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I am trying 8mg this week and it has helped a lot with forgetting about my pain and fatigue. At times I feel like my temperament will skyrocket higher than the norm. With any narcotic painkillers, also depending on your body, light and sound sensitivities will increase. Think I'll save some cash and stick with my hydromorphone HCLs."

   
8.0

Itsjustaname April 5, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "After having had bilateral hip arthritis for over 16 years with osteopenia and herniated disk at 4 locations (L2- L3, L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1) but found OTC drugs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Meloxicam) not really effective. Found physical therapy comforting on lumbar disks but not at all on arthritis. I have been coping with increasing pain since 2016. My primary care physician sent me to a pain intervention specialist who prescribed me to 25mcg Butrans 4 patches (out of pocket and very expensive) with Tramadol 50mg to catch up with in 7 days. It's been over 3 days on Butrans with ABSOLUTELY NO EFFECT AT ALL. Very Disappointed. I am calling my Doc first thing in the Monday morning."

   
1.0

Opioid_Novice (taken for less than 1 month) April 3, 2017

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For Pain: "I have been prescribed 8mg sub. Buprenorphine. One a day for over 2 years. I cut one into for 4 to 8 pieces and take tiny piece a once or twice daily. My pain is manageable and a 30 tab prescription lasts for 2 to 3 months. I no longer depend on opiates and no longer wake up in morning with body cramps and pain in my entire body from opiates wearing off. My pain isn't as intense. When I was taking opiates my pain got worse by the day. My tolerance to them grew by month. I don't know why this drug isn't used more in the US. It took me 3 days to make the change from daily high doses of opiates to buprenorphine. I did take most of a full tab those 3 mornings. If you REALLY WANT to stop opiates and take very little medication I recommend."

   
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Huliado April 2, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I've been on Suboxone, Buprenorphine/Naloxone, & straight Buprenorphine. I find it to definitely help. I am clinically disabled because of my pain issues (Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, Juvenile Degenerative Disc throughout my neck & back, SI Joint issues, & a congenital fusion in my neck.). I've been on some form of this medication or the other for roughly 2.5 years. At first, I no longer had pain, but after about 5 months it slowly came back. However, it still isn't typically as bad as it was when I was on HIGH doses of morphine & Vicodin. I would GLADLY take this before those any day of week! Buprenorphine products have done more for me (taking it EXACTLY as prescribed) than anything else ever has!"

   
6.0

Anonymous April 1, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "Switching from opiates, to suboxone, to buprenorphine can be challenging. What everyone should be aware of is HOW MUCH bup it takes to equal your subs, and how many subs it takes to equal your opiates. there is no magic pill to take away withdrawals, and in my opinion it is just part of the journey to recovery. Lots of Docs will tell you whatever you want to hear to move you through the clinic, but do not give up hope. I went from taking 30 to 40 oxys per day down to 32 mgs of suboxone , then finally made the jump to butrans and belbuca. Now after 40 years of being a pill freak and after giving 15 years of my life to the federal penitentiary, I can finally say my life is good."

   
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DOCTORCOMPTON March 22, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I am a nurse and I am also a med student. I have been in chronic pain for 5 years. My average daily pain without meds is 9/10. I did 5 rounds of shots, the 2nd round almost destroyed my life and my pain had new manifestations. Tried chiropractic, great for 90 days then decline. Finally one day the pharmacist surprised me with Butrans. I didn't even know they sent it over! I put it on and within 3 hours I recognized I was in pain but I just didn't care about the pain. The next morning and from then on I have been completely pain free! It's like nothing I've experienced before. I'm not foggy like with other drugs, I actually feel mentally sharper and my performance supports that but I'm literally not experiencing pain! I HIGHLY recommend it!"

   
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Nurse who is a med student. (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 21, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Honestly, I can't even believe this drug is still on the market. Sure it may work for a couple weeks, but after I was on this for 3 months back ending in about 2012, I had every side affect listed in the brochure. I literally had to stop by the fire station on the way home from the pain clinic because I felt dizzy and like something wasn't right. My blood pressure was 184/142. The problem was it took over 6 months for it to come down, and now it's like 130/85. This medication also turned my urine black, like blackened blood, that smelled putrid. I got off the medication, then heard it was pulled due to a class action law suit. Then I just stumbled on this... Wow! I guess if your going to be on it, I wouldn't stay on for more than a mo"

   
1.0

ShaunTheSheep March 21, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have DDD. Fibromalgia...chronic pain issues. Pinched nerve In lower back ,fushion in neck with nerve damage issues... I am taking belbuca 300 MCG 2 times a day and for the first time in years I have my pain under control with the only side effect constipation ( which can be remedied) I love belbuca and yes I've tried a bunch of other medication s....it works great for me!"

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 18, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have moderate RA with sacrum fractures due to my low back fusion and hardware. I have cervical fusions as well with scar tissue and pain. I was taken off my current medication for pain (been on for 6 years) and was put on the Butrans patch 20mcg/hour. I became very ill, extreme migraines, stomach pain, fatigue to the point I could barely concentrate on anything. I literally felt like I had the flu. After a 2 week period on the patch it did very little to control my pain, and made it difficult to be active during the day. I couldn't take this medication after the two week period. I do not recommend this medication for people who have moderate to severe chronic pain."

   
4.0

CathyTH March 13, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I was on Tramadol for 4+ years, then not tapered and put on Nucynta for a weak and it wasn't great. So pain doctor put me on Butrans 5 and I'm not really sure if it is working. I feel kinda yucky but is it because of the stopping of the 2 other medications so close together and no tapering? I have sneezing and a few other symptoms going into day 3 of the patch. I'm just not sure."

   
2.0

KrisC68 March 12, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I've suffered from severe chronic pain for many years. I've gone through all the opiates. My pain doctor put me on this worthless patch. Even at max dosage it doesn't even help mild muscle pain."

   
1.0

Drewnd March 7, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "I find this drug very helpful for me. I suffer from chronic pain and have been on painkillers since 2003. I'll admit that I developed a full blown addiction over the years. Now the Dr's that were prescribing obsene amounts of pills don't want to prescribe anything anymore. So I decided to give this a try. It works really well. It also seems to be a great painkiller too. So far a win, win situation."

   
9.0

Catherine99 March 6, 2017

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