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6.4/10 Average Rating

100 Ratings with 88 User Reviews

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"On pain patch 3 years and lowered from 10 mg to 5 mg. Did this to stop the use of this drug. It works great for about first year then other issues start. Poor sleep, withdrawal after 5th day, won't last 7 days. When I stopped it I had legs and arm spasming to point of not walking, also lack of energy, and tired for about three weeks, depression, lack of interest in anything. Don't start if you can avoid it.."

   
2.0

Mark D October 9, 2017

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"So I started Butrans Thursday noon and currently it's 48 hours I've been on 7.5. I could feel it trying to help my chronic pain. But it just doesn't seem strong enough. I'll need to see about a higher dose. Otherwise I've had no not one side effect. I sleep great. But the stronger dose will be necessary for my morning pain. I worked Thursday and Friday with some relief and I wasn't limping quite as much. The breakthrough med tramadol doesn't do squat for me. I feel the patch is a good fit for me. I just need a higher dose. I'm actually bored not having to take pills all the time. Thanks!"

   
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Johnsonarat1 (taken for less than 1 month) October 7, 2017

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"I have been on this pain patch for 2 years and I do not think very highly of it. Because I still have tremendous pain even though its suppose to provide relief around the clock. It does take the edge off. But the side effects aren't that great. You will withdrawal from it after you have been on it more than a couple months, its terrible. And while I wait for a p.a. every month sometimes it has taken up to a week for insurance to approve a med I get every month for last 2 years. Withdrawals are horrific with this medicine. I'm actually and honestly thinking about next withdrawal I go through after I'm done. Never putting another patch on me!!! I'd rather take ibuprofen and not have all the side effects. For pain relief equal to ibuprofen!"

   
2.0

Donna Marie DELLARIA September 23, 2017

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"I have used the Butrans patch for several years and paid a premium price at CVS. Wal Green's has a generic patch and it cost more than half the price! If you a cortisone nose spray on your skin before the patch is applied it will not give you an allergic reaction to the adhesive. I have had stomach problems with the NSAIDs and the patch is great! I don't think I could work if it wasn't for the patch, FYI: Everyone reacts differently to meds, so don't not try it. It works great for me. So I have nothing negative to say about this patch. My insurance covers the generic brand. $264 verses $750 brand name"

   
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walt#4$er July 31, 2017

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"I was on tramadol for 3 years and that didn't work. I was also taking Gabapentin for fibromyalgia. I started on the patch 5mg then 10mg 7 day patch helped a little for 3 days then became very itchy and very sore and gave me an allergic reaction to my skin raising it and going red and tender for 2 weeks after patch was removed. "

   
4.0

Clattatio (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 3, 2017

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"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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"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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"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."

   
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50orchidlady1983 April 30, 2017

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"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."

   
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Cat Army Wife April 28, 2017

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"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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"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"

   
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ShaunTheSheep March 21, 2017

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"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."

   
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CathyTH March 13, 2017

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"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."

   
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KrisC68 March 12, 2017

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"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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"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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"Allergic reaction where the patch was. Red, blistering and itching. Usually by the 3rd day."

   
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Ariesmary (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 11, 2017

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"Not effective for me I think it's a placebo I experience severe headaches was really not effective for them"

   
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Quadusay (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 20, 2016

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"I was just switched to Butran 10 mg Patches. I was taking Oxycodone 7.5 mgs every 4 hrs. I have been off pills now 11 days and on the Patch 4 days. No side effects except a small amount of itchiness. I wear it 7 days then change it out. It took me a whole week for Insurance to get the PA they needed. I have felt No Pain Relief what's so ever. I can't even tell I am wearing it except when it itches. I am trying to give it time and I hear it's a good medication but I am still having Chronic Back and Hip Pain."

   
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SouthernBell80 (taken for less than 1 month) December 14, 2016

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"I switched from 15mg methadone,for my chronic pain, to 20mcg butrans patch 2 days ago. I was sick of taking pills everyday and I liked the idea of a patch. I wouldn't say I got a buzz from the methadone but it definatley helped my pain and it gave me a little kickstart. I've worn this patch for 48hrs now and I have had a horrible headache and stomach pains since I started this. The pain is uber control but no "kick" and the headache is miserable. Going to try SO thing different next week with my PM :("

Nj gal (taken for less than 1 month) November 15, 2016

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"Just started the 5/hr lil less than 24hrs ago..not sure but think I may be noticing minimum amount of relief but bumped up with another 5/hr on own after 1st 12hrs because of it being the lowest dose AND checking with pharmacists that know my long history of dosages of narcotics and it being the weekend so my PM doctor is only available for emergencies. Basically my fibro muscle pain feels slightly less but has not touched my back.neck.knees.or nerve pain YET. I am hoping though since it is early still according to other readings on here. I have nothing to use for breakthrough so im really missing the 30-60mg total daily intake of oxycodone that this is supposed to replace w/better results.Noticed bad NAUSEA! Jittery 1st 1-2hrs when apply."

   
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pokemomma (taken for less than 1 month) August 13, 2016

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"I'm on Butrans 10mg, plus, 15mg morphine 4 times daily for breakthrough pain for 6 months. I've heard people say the patch decreases in effectiveness by day 5. Haven't had this problem. Try not to take too hot a bath/shower. The patch has really helped to keep my pain level at a constant. And used with the morphine, let's me function fairly well on most days. If you have problems with it not sticking, srub your skin well with hot water [no lotion], and dry, then, gently put on patch [don't stretch it], it will stick. Don't get too hot outside, it can make you sick. I do outside activities in cooler parts of the day! Good luck!"

   
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obaah1 August 11, 2016

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"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?"

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

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"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!!!"

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

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"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."

   
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LesMor5499 May 3, 2016

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"I put this patch on on Friday. At first I felt dizzy and nauseous so I had to take a zofran and the feeling went away. It seemed like the pain relief was almost immediate, it was a 7.25 mcg/hr patch. Keep in mind that I've been taking other pain meds since 2004 for fibromyalgia and I had stopped them the day before in anticipation of this patch. I woke up in quite a bit of pain on Saturday and took a norco and with that and moving around I felt fine. I had to take a zofran Saturday, Sunday, and today for nauseousness but other than that I feel fine and the pain is gone. It has only been 3 days, but if it keeps working like this, I'm sticking with the patch. Very happy so far."

   
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Mysticalgypsy (taken for less than 1 month) May 2, 2016

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