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User Reviews for Buprenorphine

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

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Condition Avg. Ratings Reviews Compare
Opiate Dependence
9.1
   
141 reviews 10 medications
Pain
7.4
   
105 reviews 1112 medications
Opiate Dependence - Maintenance
7.2
   
63 reviews 2 medications
Chronic Pain
5.8
   
272 reviews 108 medications
Summary of Buprenorphine reviews 7.1 581 reviews

Reviews for Buprenorphine

Happy September 20, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Two words - belbuca sucks- it does not control my pain it gives me headaches dry mouth and I can't sleep at night I wish the government could be in as much pain as some of us are out there and see how they handle their day I'll surely prescribed belbuca to them"

2.0
   
Anastasia · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 19, 2019

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I have been on 12mg of Buprenorphine since 2012. I was always scared to detox myself up until about 2 weeks ago. I dropped from 12mg to 8mg with no discomfort....waited a few days and decided to go to 4mg ...waited a few days and now I am on 2mg. I am fine! I urge you to try to quit after you've improved your life if you can. I feel as though I've gotten max benefit from Subutex and now it is time to live sober. I've gained tons of weight and I really want off of the Buprenorphine. It is crucial to take the last bit of detox slowly. I hope I'll be okay and not riding on 7 years worth of bup stored in my system only to await unheard of withdrawal."

8.0
   
Luciana · Taken for less than 1 month September 19, 2019

For Chronic Pain: "I took a low-dose of buprenorphine (subutex), 8 mg./day for several years. Last week I started a higher dose, 32 mg./day. The manufacturer was Roxane Labs--this was the first time that I had used buprenorphine from this manufacturer. Three days after I started it, I started to get sores in my mouth and immediately stopped taking it. The sores got worse over a period of 4 days and then began to heal. An MD confirmed that the buprenorphine was the only possible cause."

1.0
   
David · Taken for less than 1 month September 17, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Preferable to Vicodin, Tramodol, or other medications I have used for chronic pain due to degenerative spine disease."

6.0
   
DD · Taken for less than 1 month September 14, 2019

Sublocade (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence - Maintenance: "Day two of Sublocade and I feel sick to my stomach. Stomach ache, nausea, cold sweats, and just overall not feeling well. I'm not sure if my body is just trying to adjust to this or what's going on but even if tomorrow I feel better and the rest of this month I feel better it will have not been worth it after today. I was doing just fine on my Suboxone but my doctors kept pushing Sublocade and now I have to suffer through this."

1.0
   
Silverdiskdj September 12, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I want to add my support for this medicine Belbuca. I have been part of the "get off of schedule II meds" situation going on right now, as my PM doc is scared of losing her license. She is trying to be proactive in moving some patients that she could off of the schedule II's and onto a lower schedule pain medicine. I commend her for this, as we still have some time right now to do this instead of being forced to. Not to mention, my intestines have issues absorbing pills due to the many surgeries I have had...so the cheek patch is a definite benefit for me. I have been titrating upward to the top dose, now at 900 mcgs every 12 hours. I have noticed that it isn't perfect, but certainly can hold it's own. It takes away a good portion of the pain for roughly 8ish hours (supposed to be 12, but realistically for me is 8). At that point, I will try to use another med (maybe tramadol will be that one) to keep me calm until I can take my next Belbuca."

9.0
   
Lyfe Jennings September 11, 2019

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I love it because it doesn't taste like nasty orange syrup"

10
   
Sober life momma September 10, 2019

For Opiate Dependence: "Hello all, I've been clean off pain killers for 5 years now, had a very big habit was taking 200-250mg oxy a day more if I could afford it. It started just like any others addiction to them. I was in a car wreck, suffered permanent neck and upper back disc damage my tolerance grew and grew and after being prescribed my meds for almost three years I was suddenly cut off no plan for weaning just straight cut off I'm a single mother and I refused to let my kids see me so sick so I turned to someone I knew that had an open ended supply and from that point on that was my first trip every morning after I got my kids to school. After 4 almost 5 years of addiction I decided enough was enough I needed help I voluntarily admitted myself to inpatient treatment and since that day I have not touched anything. I'm lucky to have such an amazing support system. You are worth saving your life remember that."

10
   
MsK · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 9, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I'm on 150 Belbuca for pain & I sweat a lot from taking it. Does anyone else have this? The med works to take some edge off the pain, but I'm constantly sweating gggrr."

7.0
   
taper-nightmare · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 8, 2019

Subutex (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I am 61 and started generic Subutex about a month ago, 8mg 3 times a day after 15 years of fentanyl prescriptions for pain caused by lupus myelitis, the worst chronic pain I’ve ever experienced. I wanted to get off of fentanyl, but this seems just as bad with twitching or seizing every day, sometimes all day long, and worse after doses. The anti-seizure meds don’t seem to work and I am in agony and wanting to go into the hospital where I was put on it, every day. I am too disabled to get to Doctor appointments every day."

1.0
   
Lynn · Taken for less than 1 month September 7, 2019

Sublocade (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence - Maintenance: "I've been almost 2 years off heroin!!!! So I was getting tired of taking something everyday to not be sick I took 8.2 strips 2x a day so my doctor offered me the sublocade because it's a continuous dose and I wouldn't have to worry about taking something everyday! She did warn me that a few patients a week before their next dose some started to feel withdrawals so she would order me strips the last week if I felt sick, so I was very nervous to it!!! 2 days ago I got my first sublocade shot the 300mg which is the loader dose they give u 2 rounds of the 300mg doses then the 3rd month do the maintenance dose which is 100 mg!! So when I got it she said I'd feel a sting it does not feel great but not horrible for 5 seconds and it wasn't sore till 24 hrs later. Day 2 an it is more sore then the 1st day and warm at the spot!!!! I called my doc an she said it be sore for a few days but I feel great no withdrawal symptoms or cravings an I feel levelled out"

10
   
hellkitty · Taken for less than 1 month September 6, 2019

Sublocade (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I just got the sublocade shot 3 hours ago and while I feel a little loopy. I just wanted to get some support as I am freaking out knowing that I can never use again. Being an addict for over thirty years and getting the shot at 5 months sober, I am just wondering what the sublocade community is like as I have read all the reviews before I went in. I guess I will have more to say about it when I have more then three hours of it in my system."

8.0
   
Peachfire · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 5, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "This medication Belbuca can & is helping me to control my pain and lowering my dependence on the previous meds such as morphine/Oxicontin/Oxycodone. Please DON'T READ the negative reviews that I did and scared me so much to start these meds! Unlike the government who thinks we all fit into one box, we DO NOT! Please give these meds a chance, they don't make you get high (euphoria) like pills will. So if you are a TRUE pain patient, try this & don't turn it down because the bad reviews out there. I was scared to take it, but it has given me my life back. Due to the "guidelines" which have become the rule book. I am not mentally addicted to these medications, however, my body is. It is impossible for me, due to severe nerve damage. To ever live opiod free. However, when they cut my meds in half & I was forced to "medically resign" from my job because my pain levels were through the roof! I am ALWAYS in pain. Belbuca has given me my life back!"

10
   
Gosh Gordon · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 3, 2019

Sublocade (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence - Maintenance: "Amazing not to have to worry about taking Suboxone everyday and all the ups and downs"

10
   
Casper · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 2, 2019

Sublocade (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I was part of the phase III trial of what is now called Sublocade. This shot literally saved my life. I was doing $300 of heroin IV everyday for years. I went to rehab, tried Suboxone strips, weaning, etc etc etc, nothing worked. I took this shot at 300mg for 14 months, and not only did I have no issues quitting, but I had no withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing the shot. I fully 100% recommend this medication to anyone suffering from opiate dependency. Please, don't hesitate. Try it if you're able."

10
   
Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 31, 2019

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Another very important thing! You MUST be well into withdrawal if you are being moved off another strong opioid such as Fent, Oxy etc. Otherwise, it will precipitate an even worse withdrawal! I was not made aware of this and my switching from 140mg Oxy to a 70mcg patch which gave me FAR worse WD's than I ever experienced coming off the massive amounts of Opioids I'd been on before. That was a walk in the park compared to transitioning to the Bupe, because I was told just to stop the Oxy and start the Patches, without being in WD first. I NEVER want to go through that again and I'd hate for anyone else to either. And although everyone varies, it actually takes around 2 weeks to fully build up in your system told this only after I ended up in A&E after 3 days and by then my pain was totally out of control. You should be given Bupe Subs during this 'settling in' period. Ironically, all of this info. I found on the NHS's OWN guidance on usage of Bupe, intended for Health Professionals."

1.0
   
Ldramjet August 27, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I started taking Belbuca five weeks ago, increasing to 450mcg, 2/day. I think it is awesome. I have more energy! But I wake up in pain every morning because it does not last the stated 12 hours. This appears to be better with the increase in dose. I’ve had four spinal surgeries, knee replacement, bulging discs at all levels, spondylitis, severe Osteoarthritis, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Behçet’s Syndrome and other pain. I have been on opioids since 2002. It is a different feeling making the change. My only real problem with Belbuca is a documented side effect of sleep interruption. I can’t sleep but one or two hours at a time at night without waking up. I find the ONE pain med that I like and which makes me feel less drugged and I can’t sleep at all. I do hope it’s a med interaction and will be seeing two docs to discuss. I’ve also gained weight since starting, which doesn’t seem to be a documented side effect."

10
   
Abandoned Pain Patient · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 27, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "13+ years being STABLE on 150 + MME oxycodone and Morphine. Dr. Retires and the APRN I was left with refused to continue my care. Forced into a Pain Clinic and due to the torturous CDC “guidelines” and the FAKE opioid crisis (Fentanyl/Heroin is the real problem) I was given Belbuca as the ONLY option. I’m now at max dose of 900 mcg. It does work on nerve pain but has zero affect on bone pain. Headache is common and severe in the beginning but they do go away. Supposed to last 12 hours but consistently last only 6. After only a few months the dosage stops working. Now I’m at the top with no where to go. It also costs over $900.00 a MONTH. My old reliable meds cost $7 and $10 bucks a month. THANKS A LOT ! You’ve successfully DESTROYED patients lives, MANY have committed suicide due to your reckless recommendations. DAMN YOU ALL!"

3.0
   
J August 26, 2019

For Opiate Dependence - Maintenance: "This medicine is great it's the best one out of all of them right now second of all people that are rating this medicine one or two or lower I don't agree with you. For opiate withdrawal addiction it works great."

10
   
painfilled August 25, 2019

For Pain: "My pain specialist switched me to this when the morphine stopped being as effective. I was in tears today - I got zero relief. The FDA sat on their fat rear ends and didn't do their jobs and allowed a dangerous product to be put on the market. I now live in agony! If that wasn't bad enough the CDC screwed my life up even worse by their "recommendations" of no more than 90 mm a day of an opiate. Doctors and patients are not causing the opioid epidemic, illegal drugs are. They go after patients who had nothing to do with the illegal opioid problem. "

1.0
   
Anonymous August 16, 2019

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "So I started Butrans with my pain management doctor for Fibromyalgia and I feel it helps a little but not enough. I'm still in extreme pain a lot and have to take 50mg 4× a day tramadol with it while having the butrans 15mcg on and it still not enough. I feel if I had something other than tramadol to alleviate the break through pain it would work better but my doctor wants to maximize the patch first and see. I've had Fibromyalgia for 2 years so I'm ready to feel relief I'm 24 and struggling so badly"

6.0
   
Cleanliving · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 13, 2019

Probuphine (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I spent half my adult life addicted to opiates. Every effort, every treatment, every commitment failed. Probuphine is the only treatment that worked long term. I was able to immediately have a normal life without cravings, or worrying about Suboxone regimens. It works, it saved my life."

10
   
Jase August 13, 2019

Sublocade (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence - Maintenance: "On Sublocade the first 2 weeks, no withdrawals or slight withdrawal began occurring so doctor put me on Subutex for the in-between. That was my first shot of 300 going tomorrow for my second. Praying my second will be slightly better than the first.."

8.0
   
Emmylou · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 13, 2019

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I live in the UK I cannot sit for more than 10 minutes without being in excruciating pain (I have Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and Bi-Lateral Degeneration in my SI Joints.) I am now on Butrans Patches 70mcg with Buprenorphine Subs (200mg) for breakthrough pain. I had to BEG my Pain Consultant for the Subs because the patch provides NO RELIEF! I cannot even move without aggravating my SI joints. I only get 3 subs a day, but need to take at least 2 at a time, to give me just 4 hrs of relief. As I have to save them for BP, which usually occurs 1-3x a day. I am in almost constant pain (6-7) and have to ride the BP out as I don't have enough subs to cover it. I am 40yrs old and am now pretty much bed bound. I suffer from constant migraines (with aura), fatigue, insomnia (average about 3 hrs sleep a night), shortness of breath, horrible clamminess, and my hair is all falling out. The patches irritate my skin and leave it red and sore. I am desperate to get off this drug!!"

1.0
   
Lynn · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 9, 2019

Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I used the generic Butrans patch for 3 weeks due to my insurance co-pays. Each week, after 24 hours of applying the patch, the adhesive broke loose from the skin and the patch was rendered useless. I eventually taped the patch to my arm but did not receive the full effect of the patch's medication. My pain increased significantly during this time. I contacted the company x 3 and sent photos but the company representative did not resolve the issue. I now use only the brand name Butrans and pay a higher co-pay. I feel that the company should, at least, reimburse me for the defective patches."

2.0
   

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