User Reviews for Butrans to treat Chronic Pain
Butrans has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 121 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 54% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 30% reported a negative effect.
“The nice thing about buprenorphine patch is you don't have to take pills. But I have had more patches that don't stick on than do stick. Usually I need tape to make it stay on. I have lost patches without knowing and then I have nothing on for pain. My dr started me on the lowest dose 5 mcg. For naive opioid users. I wasn't naive to opioids and he knew that. I was forced off all pain medication for about a week. It was torture - the pain. Then having to use the lowest dose for 2 months. He finally went up to 10 mcg. It isn't relieving my pain. I went back after 2 months. I asked about increasing. My dr said see you in 3 months - with no adjustments. I have been in horrible pain. Substituting otc pain medication around the clock. I feel as my dr wants to please the DEA more than help me. When I go back. I will give him the opinion of taking me off, leaving his practice if I must because I have done nothing but suffer from the time I started buprenorphine”
“After 32 years living with Fibromyalgia and exhausting medications I was sent to pain management. Placed on lowest dose and had immediate relief the first time in the am 32 years. I no longer take any medicines. My cocktail usually was one drug to counter react the side effects of another. Till finally the scenario got really out of hand. Due to a rash that I've had since 2007 I was taken off at my next visit and put on Buccal. That was a nightmare with extreme to point of dehydration. I stopped and was put on 10mcg Butrans. It started causing sweating and mid back pain. Not sure if it's the Butrans or that it's the higher dose. Removed and after 2 days had to go back on. Bottom line. If you have Fibromyalgia I highly recommend giving it a try. I'm waiting on my next visit to lower the dose and hopefully get rid of this sweating. Being out of pain and able to sleep and enjoy life again is worth everything. Wish I had known about this somewhere in those 32 years.”
“I’ve dealt with chronic upper level back pain for 13 years and have had two back surgeries. Throughout most of this time I’ve been maintained on hydrocodone but developed problems with tolerance and I very much suspect I’ve also developed hyperalgesia which is when long term use of opioids make you more sensitive to pain in general. I was at the point of barely being able to function. I found butrans about two years ago Its totally turned me around. I went from pain and fatigue level of 8 down to 1-2. The butrans patch is nothing short of a miracle. Butrans helps with not just pain and fatIgue but also with my depression. I’ve been on the same dose of butrans patch of 10mcg for two years now, so I’ve not had tolerance issues which I’ve read butrans is unique in that way of not having tolerance build up problems. No side effects whatsoever either. My life would be pure hell without it. Relieves pain wayyyy better than any narcotic I’ve been on.”
“Been on Percocet 10mg/325 for 4 years I withdrew off of them and the Dr prescribed me the butrans 5mg patch. I've had it on about 24 hours and so far I worked a 12 hour shift with pain I can tolerate. I read it can take longer to get into your system. I had to get the generic and when I shower I cover it and I used alcohol to clean the skin before applying. So far I'm liking it but it does itch. Better then building up a tolerance to Percocet like I was. I suffer from arthritis from my neck to back, buldging discs, degenerative disc disease through my entire back, bone spurs in my spine and fibromyalgia I'm 28 years old. Went through heaps of drama to get the patch with pre authorizations and finding a pharmacy that had it in stock”
“My wife has suffered from chronic pain for years . We have been through the regular pain management routines that physicians are trained to perform for example, injections, pain pills, physical therapy , muscle relaxers. Butran gave our family life again. I forgot she was sick. It also helped with her depression and helped with her mental illness. You will build a tolerance to it as years pass and it seems to start loosing strength around the fifth day. It is definitely worth trying. Expensive without insurance though.”
“I have CIDP (Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy) and was in severe pain in arms and legs. Tried high dose tramadol for a year until pain didn’t respond at all. Pain scale 8-9. Prescribed Butrans and pain down to 3 on 2nd day and a 2 on day 3. Day six and pain creeps back to 5. New patch began and pain reduced to 2 again by end of fist day. This medication is a MIRACLE for me! I have my life back.”
“I was scared to try this but saw these reviews... I want to thank you all for easing my mind! I finally tried Butrans and am so thankful this exists. I have been on pain medication for a couple years. I was so tired of the constant ups and downs that seemed to come in shorter and shorter intervals. This patch works great! I'm in less pain, sleep better, and am finally getting off the couch and doing some things.”
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“I've been on Percocet & Morphine for years. I choose to get off the Morphine myself. My doc prescribed the Butrans 10mg patch. It is now day 7 & for the first time in years I have slept through the night. I feel more motivated & most of all engaged. Took my dog for a walk last night for the first time in a long time. Just small changes I've noticed but most of all in my mood. I cannot express enough how I feel this is going to change my life. With the deaths of opioid abuse rising I don't want to be apart of that statistic. I do not want to continue the pain pills any longer because I can be honest here & say I'm addicted & I need to change that vicious cycle. I am looking at future back surgery but will address that road when I get to it. But in the meantime being only day 7 I can tell you although it may take a couple of days for it to work, give it a chance. So far this medication just may be the silver lining I've been waiting for.”
“I was started on the Butrans 5mcg patches, those took the dreadful pains away completely for 4 days, then the pains crept back in. I was then given the 10mcg patches. I had noticed a form of migraine on using these patches. But I came aware this happened only after I had milk, or eaten anything containing milk. I tried a few non cows milks, with similar effect. On trying Lactose Free milks, and foods I never got another bad headache. Lots of 'free from' foods are available these days, a great help indeed. Maybe others who have noticed bad headaches would be helped with this what I found out. Also of course there are the lactose free foods, and foods with no milk at all that can be used.”
“I've now been on a 15mcg butrans patch for 6 months with some good relief for permanent nerve damage in both legs. However I've noticed that the patch basically becomes non effective on day 5 and I start having withdrawals. I'm 22 years old and drive daily with the patch. I only notice tiredness after 11pm so it suits my working life fine. I'm going to my doctor to talk about getting put on a 20mcg and 5 day change. Constipation, nausea and loss of appetite have been side effects to me but it hands down beats any oral tablet. I'd rather be on a patch as opposed to taking tablets due to liver damage over long time usage. For nerve damage amitriptyline was the best relief I've ever had with brilliant sleep and pain relief. However I experienced fibrillation and irregular heart beats so I had to come off them. Stay safe and always consult with your doctor or medical person in charge.”
“DON'T GET THIS PATCH!!!!! My pain doctor removed me from 40mg extended relief oxycodone and IR morphine 30mg to 10mcg Butrans patch. I went into heavy withdrawals and the patch caused a migraine 24/7. I was told that the patch would keep me from withdrawing and that wasn't true! Even after my withdrawals got better, the patch still didn't work on my pain. And the side effects of headache, diarrhea, stomach aches are just not worth it!!!”
“After I was put on the butran patch I couldn’t sleep longer than 5 hours and I have chronic fatigue syndrome which normally requires at least 9 hours of sleep. Even though it didn’t help my pain I continued using it thinking it’s one of those meds that takes time to work. By the third week I had a seizure”
“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!”
“I have been taken hydrocodone for 28 years due to a gunshot. I have nerve damage and severe pain in both legs from mid-thigh down to my toes. I was sceptical when my doctor recommended I transfer from the hydroxodone to Butrans but I am so glad I agreed to make the change. What a difference! It has been life-changing and I can actually do routine daily activities with minimal pain. I wish I had started this years ago. Finally my legs feel normal again.”
“Butrans changed my daily living. I loved what its done for me so, much that I have 2 other friends suffering and their Drs. have them on it now too. the only thing I don't like is the prickly itchy feeling but, after reading some of these review I may talk to my Dr. about their suggestions. also, I find that after the 1st 3 days I have had little to no side effects. I am sometimes able to push my days out to 8 as long as I don't overdue the week. otherwise I am ready by mid day of the 6th day and will often change it the very eve so, that by my 7th day I'm back up and running. hope this review helps i know when i went on it, the reviews were helpful to me.. thanks BUTRANS for my LIFE!!! if you have pain BUTRANS WORKS.”
“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.”
“I have had chronic low back pain for 3 years. I have tried 30 injections, spinal cord stimulator, PT, oral meds, tens unit, etc. The Butrans patch is the 1st time I have had consistent relief ever! My pain without medicines is 8-9. I have pinched nerves that give me pain down both legs. I tried the 5,10, & 20 patch. All dosages lost effectiveness at the 5 day mark leaving me 2.5 days without relief. We finally found a 20mcg patch changed every 5 days is the magic dose. My pain levels stay between a 3 to 5. I have my life back and the only side effects I have is drowsiness. I sleep 4 or 5 hours a day plus a full night sleep!”
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“Butrans saved my life and enabled me to function with severe chronic pain, type 1 diabetes and fibromyalgia. Been on max 20mcgr/hr for several years now. Have terrible sensitivity to patch adhesive so spray Flovent (puffer) on skin prior to applying patch and all good! Ask your doc for off label use of Flovent in you get severe itch-I was scratching my skin raw.”
“I started the Butrans patch in replace of oral tramadol two 50mg four times daily after many years. I followed the leaflet to the tee. Almost immediately I had became exhausted. After waking, my breathing became labored and patch site started itching uncontrollably. Worried and anxious I hadn't slept all night. After 24 hours, I called my physician about my symptoms. Now, I have a rash and dosing myself with Benadryl for the next several days. This drug was a nightmare without the slumber.”
“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.”
“Have used patches (20mcg/hour) for over 10 years after trying many other drugs. I was in so much pain that I felt like taking my own life. I am still in some pain but so much more bearable . Wonderful drug.”
“Have been on Percocet about twenty years, chronic low back and neck pain, leg pain, arthritis, bulging discs, impinged nerves. I have just learned to deal with it. A new dr gave me butans and put on patch last night, felt immediate rush, same feeling have gotten when have gotten iv morphine at hospital, worried it dispensed all the drug at once?? But I slept pain free for first time in about 25 yrs and Im at work now...have not yet started my day but I noticed I got in and out of car easily and walked to building without much pain for the first time ever...I am hoping it doesnt wear off quickly and have concerns it will eventually stop working. In 2007 was on fentynyl patch for several years, it stopped working over time”
“I too have had very good results, as well as the typical side effects. The itching at patch site drove me crazy to the point I could not use the patch. UNTIL......my doctor prescribed KENALOG spray to spray on before putting on the patch. Works wonders..you might want to give it a try. Insurance pays for it too. Good luck and sorry about your pain”
“For the last 7 years I've had cronic lower back pain due to L4-L5, L5-S1 bulg disc's and Arthritis. I'm only 30 years old. I've have 12 Epidural injections that gave me no Relief. Seen over 12 back /pain doctors and was told PT and NSAID's would be the way to go. All the doctors where wrong. I was in pain day and night. It never got better and kept me from having a normal life with my family. I have two girls ages 6, 14. My PA Told me to find a pain management center. For the next month I lived in pain. The pain was so bad some days. I finally got into a pain DR. They started me on Butran 10mg patch and Percocets 7.5/325, it's changed my LIFE! I'm pain free for the first time in 7 yr's. Patch works in 3 days!”
“I have been on Butrans for 3 days on day 2 I woke up pain free. I have spinal stenosis, degenerative disk disease and herniated disks L4-S1. I have been receiving injections in my spine for a a year and half and taking norco 10 every 4 hours combined with muscle relaxers. I am a nurse and I work on my feet 36 hours a week. I have felt better the last 2 days than I have felt in a long time. My husband is very active as I was before my back injury running, weights, rowing and today for the first time in a very long time I asked him to take me hiking. I feel like Butrans is a lifesaver! But again it's only day 3, so far no side effects!!”
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