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User Reviews for Buprenorphine

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

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Opiate Dependence 87 reviews 8 medications
   
9.2
Pain 76 reviews 1089 medications
   
7.9
Chronic Pain 104 reviews 111 medications
   
6.6
Summary of Buprenorphine reviews 267 reviews 7.9

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "wow I cannot believe the negative comments.. well i was on many different medications, i mean from oxycontin, opana, dilaudid u name it i been on it. I have chronic back pain had 2 surgeries. I personal love the medication it works for me and as far as having nausea absoulety none at all. Every one say they got nausea, maybe u need to start out at a low dose. I am on the highest dose and i love it. yes the film does stick but its not bad to me.so to anyone out there i suggest everyone is different and give it a try. idk maybe it works best for different kinds of pain. when i was on oxycontin now that made me nausea and felt like i could't breathe.."

   
8.0

lexy1234 July 23, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I switched from butrans patch (which caused some itching and did not seem to last past day six) to Belbuca. I am on day 4 and have no pain relief. I have severe diabetic neuropathy an the butrans made the pain manageable, especially at night. The film does not completely dissolve, I do not recommend trying this medication unless you have some sort of back up medication for pain relief."

   
1.0

Shoemake10 (taken for less than 1 month) July 23, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Similar to other reviews, Belbuca did not relieve my chronic cervical pain. My pain management physician started me on 150mcg January 2016, and within 90 days, moved me to 300mcg. I received minimal pain relief from this medication, (about 2 hours) and the packet can be difficult to work with. Regardless of following the directions, I received inconsistent results when it came to how the medication is designed to dissolve. At the end of the day I no choice but to move back to my original pain medication."

   
1.0

MSI68 July 22, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: ""I was recently placed on this medication for chronic pain due to a cyst on my lower spine. All the comments are true. Medication packet you will need scissors, wet buccal area of mouth and doesn't adhere as directed, doesn't dissolve, sticks to teeth, end up swallowing it. As for the pain, it remains. Very expensive with no rx coverage for Belbuca. Phone number on the card and brochure from my doctor, inaccurate, and one month free trial and reduced rate doesn't apply to me. Tried to get renewal from office but they are strict on pickup dates for Rx's, claimed I didn't call for renewal and once I was halfway home oh here it is. The pharmacy did not even carry it. I had to go back. So what do I do? I had most of side effects and withdrawal."

   
1.0

Zig-Zag July 13, 2016

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For Chronic Pain: "Buprenorphine has been helpful for my fibro and chronic pain, however I still have a pain level of between 4 to 6."

   
4.0

Karito July 10, 2016

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For Pain: "I have now been on butrans patch for 3 months.initially starting on 5mg then increasing to 10 mg after the first month This is to manage chronic pain in my right arm due to impinged nerve on c5. I was originally on same meds as previous times solpadol and pregabalin increased from 75mg x2 per day to 150 x 2 per day plus 75mg. I just couldn't function on them they made me quick to respond and affected my memory and life. Never looked back after butrans patch I am much more like the real me still slight pain but bearable enough to manage without painkillers. Have gone from getting home and going straight to bed to at least having some normality again. Makes me feel a bit tired after work but good side is dulls appetite so have lost 1 stone."

   
10

Mortisha1306 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 9, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I took one of these huge patches back when I pretty opiate intolerant, thinking g it would be like a fentanyl patch Lol. This thing had me leaning after I smoked, couldn't walk right. Didn't like the residue left over."

   
8.0

Sammidanielle July 2, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I need to update my previous post. I tried the patch about a year ago, but hadn't been completely off all other narcotics at the time of application, so I went through a horrible withdrawl. I decided to give it another chance because of all the good reviews. This time I abstained from all narcotics for 16 hours before applying the patch. I had a lot of pain for about 48 hours after application, but I'm about 60 hours in now & feeling much less pain than I ever did on Percocets. I still have some pain, but I'm only on the 7.5 & will probably have to go up to at least a 10 to feel very little pain. I haven't taken a pain pill in several days. I feel clear-headed & hopeful about the future. I'm so happy I gave the patch another chance!"

   
9.0

BelleSomnium (taken for less than 1 month) June 21, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have Chronic Lyme disease which has caused chronic pain. The Drs have tried just everything but nothing seems to help. I was on 125mcgs of Fentanyl with 32mgs of Dilaudid and still in full blown pain 24/7. I was detoxed off the Fentanyl with Suboxone (not a pleasant experience) and the hope was the Suboxone would address my pain but it didn't. The Dr. seemed to think the BuTrans patch 20mg might help so I started on it six days ago. I don't feel a huge difference pain wise but I have had non stop headaches and a total lack of motivation to do even the smallest of tasks. I really don't know if i should continue on it, whether the headaches will slowly subside or if I should tear the patch off so I don't have to go through withdrawal?"

   
3.0

willy13binky3 (taken for less than 1 month) June 9, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I have taken Norco on and off for my neck and back pain for years. My stomach produces too much stomach acid and so I developed stomach problems and can no longer take those type of prescriptions orally. I couldn't take enough Norco all of the time to keep the pain under control without it making me sick anyway. Butrans came along and now the pain is consistently under control and no stomach problems."

   
10

AYellaRose June 9, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Have conic back pain been on med for the past 12 years when my doc put me on this it went for being able to move without pain to can't get out of the bed on this stuff and just trying to get it open it awful and don't stick have the time everyone should not even try it just a waste of time"

   
1.0

Kawman (taken for less than 1 month) June 8, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "VERY POOR pain control. difficult to open each dose. does not stick to cheek well. does NOT work."

   
1.0

Miss DM June 6, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "If I could rate this medication as a ZER, I would. Virtually no pain relief, only nausea, intermit diarrhea, headaches and vertigo. It does NOT sick to the inside of your cheek, as everytime you swallow it moves around and either sticks to your teeth or you swallow it. Horrible, horrible medication. Films often crack in half by the time you can finally pry them out of the foil and they are so small that if you have an sort of tremor, as I do, they often fall out of my fingers. IMO, they need to scrap the whole thing and start over. Horrible."

   
1.0

Anonyn (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 5, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "I started off on 5mg they had no effect so Gp upped to 10mg. By the second day the pain had reduced substantially and things felt good. I've suffered for eight years with sacroiliac pain S1, herniated discs L4/5/6 at base. Just had successful total hip op. However I've had to come off them due to the very bad side effects, nausea, crawling itchy feeling under the skin,unable to sit in the sun and if I did suffered greatly, irritability, very low mood, and worst of all hot flushes. I'm back to my old self now. When peps start telling you you've changed, it's no joke and was very relieved to get them out of my system. Having said that, I know they work for some."

   
5.0

Louli (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 31, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "Not only does the medicine not work, I've had diarrhea for two weeks and it only sticks to my teeth. The "yellow" side to my cheek sticks to nothing! I would not recommend this medicine to anyone. And like someone said, the package is impossible to open! I just keep cutting until I darn near cut into the medicine square. Nothing good about this medicine!"

   
1.0

Not recommended (taken for less than 1 month) May 30, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "As a healthcare professional I was excited to try this medication as I have been on numerous pain medications all of which are CII's. I thought, wow this could be a great new medication. For pain control, it has been okay, not the best, I have been on this 2 months at the 300 level, I was just switched to the 600 level, so we will see if it improves. Buckle delivery is different - placing it on your cheek, it does not always dissolve, even when the mouth is wet. It does leave a residue on my teeth and cheek, again with a wet mouth as instructed. It is some times un able to sick, wet ten mouth and all, so it will curl up and I end up swolling it, but not able to dose again until 12 hours later. I have found the squares are broken in half."

   
3.0

DrG78664 May 27, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I had a serious back injury November 5th yr 2000. I have had all types of aquatic therapy physical therapy, stimulation therapy and multiple types of different pain and muscle relaxers. after only being on Belbuca for less than a month it's the first time I can get up in the morning without help and am able to tie my own shoe laces. This medicine is a miracle for me and the most surprising thing is there are no side affects. Love tying my own shoe laces again!!!!"

   
7.0

COLER1956 May 23, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I was put on Butrans 10mcg, after getting them painful shots. I still had some 5mg oxycodone, I thought the 7.5 hydrocodone worked better than the 5mg oxycodone. The patch never worked for me with the 5mg pill with it, but when the pill was gone a week or so later, I thought I would walk down to the store. I didn't take my cane & I hurt so bad I just wanted to sit. I continued to wear the patch until my next Dr. appointment. I told the nurse itdidn't help my pain, they didn't want to give me a low dose break through pain pill. I told them to keep it, I don't want it if it don't work. then the next appt. he does shots again & don't write me anything for pain. I thought that was what they're suppose to do help with your pain!!!"

   
2.0

MStarnes (taken for less than 1 month) May 15, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "Been on this for 4 months now and it has brought relief that I hadn't had in yrs. I have too many issues to name. My dose was upped this month to 7.5. I found that after abt 5 days the patch is wearing off. Last month the dr changed the rx to every 5 days instead of 7 but this presented a bit of a problem w/ins filling it. Since there's only 4 in a box I had to go back on day 20 to fill again (w/additional copy). Still, every 5 days was better but I did still have breakthrough pain. The prob for me was that the dr changed me from 4x a day tramadol to 3x a day so I still had issues This is my 2nd week on higher dose and back to 4x day tram. The patch is good but I have rash/itch at app site and contstipation that I didn't have w/Norco."

   
6.0

JustAMess (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 14, 2016

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Belbuca (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I would rather take nothing than taking this medicine. My stomach is constantly upset. Diarrhea four days in a row. I can't wait to call my Dr tomorrow."

   
1.0

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) May 8, 2016

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For : "Since the 1990s, successful research has been done on buprenorphine for severe depression. I started taking buprenorphine tablets in January for depression At first I needed 1 mg. per day to immediately lift depression. Now I need 2 mg., which has worked well for the past 2 months or so. Buprenorphine for depression makes sense since opiates affect endorphin receptors. There is no euphoria, except at the beginning. There is no urge to take more than prescribed. I am just much less likely to spiral into despair, no matter what happens. Difficult to get for this purpose--I get it from a pain specialist. Side effect: constipation."

   
9.0

Luci R. May 6, 2016

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I had a $1,000 dollar a month heroin habit. 3 days into withdrawal I went to a Methadone clinic. Was on Methadone, 150 mg's for 6 months before I started a 5 month taper to jump to Subutex. While Methadone kept me clean, it really slowed me down, I just kept going up & up in mg's. The taper off Methadone was brutal. Was induced onto Sub last October. The first 3 weeks on 16 mg's of Subs I had a lot of speedy side FX, feeling really wired, insomnia, I was nervous it wouldn't go away bc I *hate* being anxious, feeling fast. Third week in the side FX just stopped. I could sleep, I was normal. I'm on 24 mg's Sub, I had a big H habit, I feel 100% normal. I do not crave junk. It saved my life. Been off H since Dec 2014. I love life! Miracle med!%u2661"

   
10

LoverOfLife May 5, 2016

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Subutex (buprenorphine) for Opiate Dependence: "I truly believe this drug is a miracle drug. I had been on high doses of oxycodone, methadone, oxycontin 80 mg, and opana 30 ER for about 14 years and when I tried to stop on my own the w/d's were so bad that it was impossible for me. I was put on subutex for 2 months (my choice for discontinuing) 8 mg a day. I weaned myself off within two months and I did experience very slight w/d's, but nothing I couldn't deal with for about 2 weeks. Mainly I believe that I just didn't know how to live drug free so my emotions were like a roller coaster for a couple weeks. Pushing through though is the key because your mind will tell you this will never end, but it does and pretty quick if you stay committed and stay away from bad choices."

   
9.0

Lisa Kittrell (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 5, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Pain: "Butrans patch took away all my pain"

   
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Edmondar1212 (taken for less than 1 month) May 4, 2016

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Butrans (buprenorphine) for Chronic Pain: "I have a bulging disc in my lower neck and a herniated disc in my lower back. My pain level is very high. Percocet started to not work and I was put on the Butrans patch 20 milligrams. Within 36 hours I was so nauseous that I was vomiting. And when I wasn't vomiting I was in a constant state of wanting to vomit. It also created Great Depression and jerky movements in my body when I was trying to sleep. I would not recommend this medication for someone who has a weak stomach. It did help with my pain but the side effects were too great to stay on the patch."

   
1.0

LesMor5499 May 3, 2016

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