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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
   
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7.7
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Summary of Buprenorphine reviews 332 reviews 7.7

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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."

   
10

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!"

   
10

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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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "My insurance is not covering Butrans patch anymore so my doctor started me on Belbeca 300mcg every 12 hours. I was concerned about it because of the negative reviews it received about its effectiveness and adhesive not staying put in the mouth. I suffer with fibromyalgia, and herniated discs in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions and sciatic nerve pain down to my foot. I have not had issues with it sticking in my mouth, I place a finger inside till it sticks and one outside my check if needed. It stays put with no issues. It has helped my pain better than the patch and I'm taking less tramadol and zanaflex, some days I don't need it. Past few weeks I feel my pain is controlled. I'm not waking up in pain and feel alert to work!"

   
8.0

PedsNurse2017 February 26, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "Great for treatment of opiod withdrawal. But hard to get off of in my opinion"

   
7.0

CharliF February 19, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I never write reviews on anything but I am a 35 year old male and was diagnosed with blood cancer about 13 months ago and with this type of cancer I have comes the most horrific pain imaginable!! Imagine if every bone in your body is broke and there is razor blades running threw your veins all the while people are prying at every joint on your body with crow bars that have been heated up to almost melting and you start to come close !! I have been prescribed every pain medication under the sun to deal with this and nothing seems to help until my Dr put me on the Belbuca 300 mcg !!! I would just like to say thank you for giving my life back!!!"

   
9.0

R.j February 16, 2017

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I got out of jail in January 2015 for a probation violation for a failed drug test. I had been addicted to pain pills since I was 14 years old, and here 20 years later I was still addicted to opiates. I had been to rehab, was on 120mg of methadone for 4 years and got arrested for selling my take homes. So I went to jail cold turkey and almost died in jail, it took me almost a month to get over my withdrawals. So when I got out of jail, my girlfriend was on suboxone, and told me how much better she felt, so I figured what the hell, I had tried everything else. So I went to the doctor 2 years ago this month, and was put on 8mg Subutex twice a day. I now live a normal, happy life! This is truly a miracle drug, and it saved my life!"

   
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Kinsleyspop (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 16, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Switching from 2mg suboxone to belbuca. I started on 150 mcg 2x day n holy moly. It's definitely not enough to feel okay. I called my doc. Which is the best doc I have ever had and told him. This isn't enough. He said. Take more stupid. Until it works and we will talk about it on Monday. So I figured out. It takes a few days but u should be able to stabilize belbuca if taking 2mg of suboxone. You will have some discomfort for a day or so, but it gets better fairly quick. Good luck. I wrote this because I couldn't find any info online about switching from suboxone to belbuca. That is especially to get away from the stigma of the addiction part of sub when you really take it for pain. Good luck to you all"

   
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Just me. February 14, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I recently wrote about being put on Belbuca. I'm the one with DDD, a grade 2 spondylolisthesis, and arthritis that causes me chronic pain! My doctor had switched me to Belbuca because they said my insurance wouldn't cover the 8mg buprenorphine...but I've since found out that they didn't fill out the form for that like they did for the Belbuca! I've come to the conclusion that some drug rep went by my doctor's office, gave them some $0 copay cards, and asked them to push the Belbuca!! I don't care if something is supposed to work 2x as good...that doesn't mean you cut someone down from 24mg of buprenorphine/day to less than 2mg/day! For those who don't know how to look up conversions 750mcg is equal to 0.75mg!!! I'm back on subutex!!"

   
1.0

Back on subutex!! February 11, 2017

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I suffer from RA 34 Years, Chronic head pain 48 years, Nerve pain 10 years, and diabetes 23 years. I have been taking pain meds since I was six years old. The 1000mg metformin I took twice a day almost killed my kidneys, leaving me with only 50% kidney function. This caused me not to eliminate a large dose of morphine I take and almost killed me. Now I cannot take any pain meds metabolized in the kidneys at all, scary I know. So last week my PMD put me on the 10µg Butrans patch. It doesn't seem to work for me at all. I can feel the drug in my body because of a constant stomach ache since the day after putting on the patch. Now, actually, my state is worse than before the patch."

   
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rjjr (taken for less than 1 month) February 6, 2017

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For Opiate Dependence: "Buprenorphine is a god send for opiate addicts, like myself. I've tried Methadone and never again, methadone is worse and harder to kick than heroin. I also been to rehab 3 times, and still continue to relapse. I went to see a doctor who specializes in addiction medicine, and he RX'd me Buprenorphine 8mg 2x daily.. this is the only thing that keeps me from using heroin. I'll use it as long as I need to, to stay off that crap. Buprenorphine gave me my life back."

   
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Subucodone (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 5, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have Degenerative disc disease (DDD), a grade 2 spondylolisthesis at L5-S1, arthritis, and other chronic pain issues. Like others I've tried Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone, suboxone, subutex, and now Belbuca because my insurance won't cover Subutex!! It makes NO SENSE to me that they'll cover something that costs more than twice the price but doesn't even begin to help as much as Subutex did!!!! I like being on buprenorphine because I feel like I get enough pain relief to make it bearable, but Belbuca not only won't stay stuck to my cheek like it says it will it gives me headaches DAILY!!!!! I've been on it for a little over 2 weeks and had to give myself 2 migraine shots this past week!! I couldn't tell you the last time I had to give myself 2 within 2 months!!"

   
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Want my subutex back!!! (taken for less than 1 month) February 4, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I'm surprised with negative feedback also but it may be due to specific conditions each user has. I use suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) for fibromyalgia pain after being on many other meds, oxycontin, morphine, fentanyl, methadone etc.,I was told by my pain specialist about a new treatment for fibromyalgia, been on it for several years and by far it is the best med iv ever been prescribed for my pain with virtually no side effects. I see users here take the patch or film.I wouldn't recommend a patch as there are variables to the quantity of med that goes into your system. I take the sublingual pill and let it dissolve under my tongue and even break it up through the day to take only as needed.With Canadian health care I pay $0."

   
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deb.G. (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 20, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I have been on oxycontin for the past 7 years, but my pain had been increasing more and more over the in the past few months. I discussed my lack of pain control and he mentioned Belbuca. We discussed all of the pros and cons. I tried Belbuca and during the first two weeks, it was a bit hairy. I may have been a bit apprehensive, so I didn't think it was working. On the third week, my pain subsided, with Norco for breakthrough pain. I didn't like the idea of being on oxycontin for such a long time, and Belbuca gives me pain relief I do desperately needed."

   
9.0

NoniCCURN (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 20, 2017

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For Pain: "I've been on narcotic pain relievers for 10 years. I have a connective tissue disease causing major joint pain, herniated discs l4- s1, collapsing deteriorating discs. I have bone on bone contact left knee. Torn miniscus. Osteoarthritis both knees. Bursitis both hips. Sciatica. Neuropathy. I have always been on ms-contin for 12 hr relief with assistance of dilauded or oxycodone. After transitioning of those meds I was put on 20mg of suboxone. My new Dr put me on 10mc/h butrans patch. It does nothing for my pain I had to double up to 20mc/h. It mildly helped. But I have a very high tolerance. I also do not like the sticky residue it leaves on my skin. Buprenorphine. Is used to detox drug addicts. Not effective for people in severe pain."

   
4.0

Suffering78 January 18, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "One of the best for acute pain. I was suffered low back pain for nearly two years. I try lot of medicines but found no result.Then my doctor advised me to use BUPEONORPINE patches.After three days I found myself now painless world."

   
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mack feddiel January 17, 2017

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For Chronic Pain: "I take Lyrica for Fibromyalgia pain but have to keep the dosage low to manage the side effects. I used to take Tramadol also but it never helped so my PM switched me to Belbuca. I've never been on opioids for my Fibromyalgia before. I was started out with 75 mcg 2x daily. The first 2 weeks were great and then it didn't seem to help. (Not the first time I've experienced that before). Then my Dr. increased it to 150 mcg 2x daily. It's been about 1-1 1/2 months and it's losing effectiveness again so I probably need to increase. I'm scared because I have read this is still an opioid and can cause addiction which I've experienced during a delay in refill. I'm worried about long term effects but on good days I can spend more time with family."

   
6.0

Confederatehoney January 17, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I've been on pain meds for about 8 years. I have Disintegrating discs in my neck, bulging discs in my lower back, fibromyalgia, ovarian cysts, and I had major neck surgery last year. I've been on every pain med available and got up to 80mg OxyContin after my surgery. I was still hurting and even had DNA analysis which shows my body burns through meds at a much higher rate than most people. I started 600 Belbuca and I'm weaning off dilaudid which is what I had to switch to after oxy no longer helped me and next month I'll move up to 750 and be completely off dilaudid. I'm baffled at all the bad reviews. I've tried everything and for the 1st time in years I don't hurt and feel clear headed. The pack is hard to open but it's not a big deal."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 14, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have degenerative joint disease (DJD), Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoporosis, Spinal Stenosis, Bulging Disc, in cervical thoracic, and lumber regions, Nerve Damage, and to top it off I fell last Autumn and fractured 4 vertebrae and broke my left arm. With all my problems, I have never taken oral pain meds or any type of pain meds until a little over a year ago. Now, After being on Butrans Patch which at least took the edge off my pain for a year, I have developed a severe allergy to the patch, so my physician switched me to Belbuca. I am the first patient in his office to use Belbuca. None of the 5 pharmacies in town had it. Took 3 days to get. I took my first dose today. Curious to see how my body responds. My main concern is how will it affect my liver and kidneys"

Fabios54 January 14, 2017

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I've dealt with chronic nerve/back/arthritis pain for 17 years. I've taken just about everything there is to take including patches and an implanted neurostimulator. Oxy worked best but isn't available any more due to misuse. Belbucca has been good for me. I do get occasional migraines-Excederin Migraine works. I don't have the problem others have, I stick it on my cheek near my molars and it never falls off. There are trial blank films available to practice with. My biggest side effect after 6 months is quickened tooth decay. I have also had to learn how to deal with not having the euphoria effect of the other meds that gets you moving and effects mood. It's like the old days taking Advil and pain just leaves. I'm me again-I like that."

   
9.0

Momma G (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 11, 2017

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