User Reviews for Butrans
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Reviews for Butrans to treat Pain
"I have had 3 major back surgeries in 6 years. Last surgery fused me at 3 levels, taken Hydrocodene for years, was becoming seriously addicted before last surgery. 2 years after last surgery in Nov. 2014 back, hip and leg pain started to return. My pain management doctor suggested Butrans patches, 10mcg/hour every 7 days a new patch. 10mcg was too strong, sleep all the time, so switched to 5mcg didn't sleep but had no noticeable pain relief. Upped dosage to 7.5mcg/hour patch and have decent pain relief, still need hydrocodene 5mg for break thru pain occasionally. I have been on the patches for almost 5 months. Now experiencing joint and muscle pain in arms, wrists and knees. Hate to give up the patch but still sleepy all the time, no energy."
BackPain Boy July 2, 2017
1 users found this comment helpful.
"Took this for undiagnosed joint and abdominal pain. It helped a little, but even on the 20mcg, I still have a lot of breakthrough pain. Then I put a patch on two days ago. Woke up today with a horrible burning at the patch location. It was so bad, I had to remove it. The skin underneath was bright red and "burnt" looking. It was red both under the adhesive area and under the part where the medication is released. Not sure if I can keep using."
JeannieMeanie (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 11, 2017
7 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been on this patch for almost 3 weeks. I noticed stomach pain in the beginning and it's been steadily getting worse. I went to the ER thinking it was gallstones. Nope. So I took the patch off and will be following up with my family doctor. This patch took away 60%-85% of my pain but the stomach pains are so bad it's just not worth it."
Kat girl82 (taken for less than 1 month) April 10, 2017
8 users found this comment helpful.
"After having had bilateral hip arthritis for over 16 years with osteopenia and herniated disk at 4 locations (L2- L3, L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1) but found OTC drugs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Meloxicam) not really effective. Found physical therapy comforting on lumbar disks but not at all on arthritis. I have been coping with increasing pain since 2016. My primary care physician sent me to a pain intervention specialist who prescribed me to 25mcg Butrans 4 patches (out of pocket and very expensive) with Tramadol 50mg to catch up with in 7 days. It's been over 3 days on Butrans with ABSOLUTELY NO EFFECT AT ALL. Very Disappointed. I am calling my Doc first thing in the Monday morning."
Opioid_Novice (taken for less than 1 month) April 3, 2017
7 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Drewnd March 7, 2017
14 users found this comment helpful.
"Not practical Not very strong A lot of drug interactions and Side effects"
Moustafaiv December 28, 2016
19 users found this comment helpful.
"Was on another drug fentanyl for many years, was put on BUTRANS because tests never showed enough fentanyl in my blood from 2002 to 2016, with no abuse record. I would forget to put my patch on on time and was punished by my physician by being put on BUTRANS PATCH. it is not effective in the least, also it caused more problems when I went to ER in extreme pain for another matter it scared their drs from treating my pain at all because even though this a quote pain management drug, it is also a substance abuse control agent used in detoxing patients off of opioid narcotics, that means every dr you meet while BUTRANS is on your chart will not effectively treat you for,pain, youre likely not to be treated at all."
plopfizz (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 3, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"Horrible,worst thing I ever done"
Idiot1989uk October 12, 2016
21 users found this comment helpful.
"So I have been on the BuTrans patch 10microgram/hour for the last 5 months I took anti sickness tablets so I had no sick feeling or any side effects at all. It has been a godsend this patch I'm in no pain I noticed in 4 days...I'm from Ireland I fell and fractured my back in 5 places I was in severe pain with my back and spasms which left me sleeping in a chair for 3 months. Since I came on the patch I'm back in my bed so this patch is the best ever in my opinion anyways hope this helps some one I'm a 25 year old girl from Ireland "
Dervla (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 9, 2016
47 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been on 4 Norco 10 mg. for a few years now and last week my pain management doctor prescribed me the 10 mg Butrane patch to go along with my Norco. I went in to see him and explained how the Norco wasn't lasting me all day.I was wanting him to up my dose of Norco to 5 a day but instead he prescribed me the Butrane patch.I got the script filled and gave it a try really not believing it would work but today I really could tell it was ...this is my fourth day on the patch and also my first day off. For the past year and a half my days off I run back and forth to the couch trying to get comfortable from my pain and not able to sleep .I got up after 11 uninterrupted hours sleep feeling the best I have in years! NO pain! Butrane works!"
cccj228 August 14, 2016
57 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Sammidanielle July 2, 2016
9 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
BelleSomnium (taken for less than 1 month) June 21, 2016
46 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
AYellaRose June 9, 2016
40 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Louli (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 31, 2016
18 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
JustAMess (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 14, 2016
21 users found this comment helpful.
"Butrans patch took away all my pain"
Edmondar1212 (taken for less than 1 month) May 4, 2016
24 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been on Butrans for about a week. Dealing with pain in my lower back for 25 years. Have received epidural shots in my L5 S1 area to no help. Was referred to a pain clinic. Was given a script for Butran 5mcg/1 hour. For the first time in 25 years I've had no pain. This has been a god send. No side effects no anything. I keep waiting for the pain to come back and it does not. I actually sleep now, can do more activities around the house then I could before, I'm not cranky anymore because of being in pain. So far no break through pain. Hope I don't get that. All I can say is YIPEE I'm pain free."
Slxtr23 (taken for less than 1 month) March 14, 2016
83 users found this comment helpful.
"I've had back pain for 10 yrs from being an automobile mechanic. I had a fusion L3 TOS1. I'm also an addict. I've been on and abused every pain med there is so my tolerance is very high. I've found with butrans it keeps my pain away but no buzz so I don't abuse it. It's not as effective as fentenyl but its decent."
badback1983 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 11, 2016
35 users found this comment helpful.
"It works pretty well for me until it starts to wear off on the 5-7th day. I think there should be 5 patches given a month instead of 4 per 28 days. Or the manufacturer needs to improve the quality and lasting power of each patch. I do have to admit without this medication, i would be unable to have a normal life. My pain level would be about an 8 on average without it, and thank goodness I was referred to my doctor by my orthopedic surgeon. I occasionally have a little itch under the patch when it gets wet. I hate that it is not more waterproof. I believe this is part of the reason they lose their strength. I do have Norco to supplement my pain relief, but if the patches would hold their potency, i wouldn't have to use the Norco."
TexasGranny (taken for 1 to 2 years) January 11, 2016
55 users found this comment helpful.
"I want to update since May 2015. It has been 6 months. I will say YES the pain patch works if your tolerant and give it time and have the correct dose. It does stay on it you folow directions and bathe correct. What I hate is I can't get in the sun. I live in Florida. I cant swim or it will start peeling they are not cheap. It has restricted my work outs. I have no more interest in it not sure why. I'm about to pick up my last box. I' going to slow the use of them by cutting them over time. I just put on my last patch for this box. Im going to wear it for 14 days not 7. Then I'm going to cut the next patch in 2 wear it 7 days and then the other 1/2 14 days. then the 3rd patch in 3. The same with 4th. I have tramadol if need be."
JustReliefPlease November 23, 2015
37 users found this comment helpful.
"I have been on the Butrans Patch (20) for three weeks. The results have exceeded my hopes after years of enduring chronic pain related to Fibromyalgia. The relentless pain in my neck and back while sleeping has been reduced at least 90%. I am able to make my bed, bathe, cook and do laundry most days. I am more tired than normal, which is probably attributed to my increase in activity each day. The negatives so far include moderate agitation and mild itching and irritation at the location site."
PearlsGirl November 15, 2015
62 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been using this patch for 2 and a half months. It helps my pain a little but I feel that this stuff is a joke. I started at the 5mcg dose and am now on the 15mcg dose. My pain management doctor refuses to try something else. I stay nauseated and constipated. I get rash and blistering at the patch sites as well. It's all the bad side effects of pain medicine without the benefit of helping pain. The only good part is that it weakens considerably after 2-3 days so I get to eat some. It's worthless as a pain reliever for me."
not satistfied (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 23, 2015
41 users found this comment helpful.
"I increased from 5mg to 10mg of butrans patch 3 days ago. My pain has eased quite a bit. However I'm getting this weird buzzing noises constantly in my head it increases when I blink to. Feels weird and irritating to. Wondering if this is anything to worry about. Feel really lightheaded and drowsy."
Julieveer53 September 17, 2015
29 users found this comment helpful.
"I love my Butrans patch!!! And it has relieved more than half of my pain, and I know this because I only have to take less than half of my pain killers now that I am on the patch! I change my patch every Saturday, but if I miss 24 hours my pain starts to reside again. If you are not a heavy drinker I would advise trying this patch!!!"
G-Spot Candy August 6, 2015
46 users found this comment helpful.
"I just started this yesterday, so I will continue to update on it. My low score doesn't indicate that it isn't working for me, just that is not yet had a chance to. So far though I have been up the entire night itching. Not at the application Site, but all over just like I do when I'm coming down from morphine, or other anesthesia after surgery. I hope that this passes because I'm very optimistic that this will work for me. My doctor just switched me to Butrans yesterday to replace Norco and baclofen because my breakthrough pain was just getting so frequent and so severe that the other drugs were worthless. Reading everybody else's stories though makes me feel very optimistic about Butrans."
VgoATX July 23, 2015
24 users found this comment helpful.
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