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User Reviews for Butrans to treat Pain

Butrans has an average rating of 6.6 out of 10 from a total of 70 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 54% of those users who reviewed Butrans reported a positive effect, while 20% reported a negative effect.

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6.6/10 average rating

70 ratings from 71 user reviews.

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Reviews for Butrans

Joe · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 17, 2020

“I have found zero success from Bultrans Translucent Films. This after suffering now 6 months taking this junk as directed. Currently taking 600 MCG. The only reason I have stayed on this medication this long is the doctors continue to tell me they have to step up medication to tolerance. This is next appointment will be my last.”

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Lilygirl · Taken for less than 1 month April 1, 2020

“Doc started me on butrans patch 10mg after stopping oxycodone 11 per day for occipital Neuralgia since 2007. Headache pain is 24/7 and oxycodone no longer worked. Unfortunately after 3rd patch my blood pressure was running low, 89/56 and my breathing would be shallow. I've been off patch for over 24 hours and breathing almost back to normal as well as blood pressure. Anyone else have these issues??”

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Lily · Taken for less than 1 month March 21, 2020

“The humiliation of having to do a urine drug test for most of my DR visits (2020 - government.) But now I'm thankful because the Butrans patch was NOT showing up in my urine 2 months in a row. I had complained to the doctor each month that I was still in a lot of pain. Third month he finally confirmed the medicine from Butrans patch was definitely not in my body and changed medication. The patch sat on top of my skin- the medicine part wasn't touching my skin. It did work the 1st 2 months, and did take my pain away. I don't know if the formula changed.”

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Anonymous August 10, 2011

“This patch is the best thing to happen to me since I hurt my back. It gives me freedom from living my life based on prescriptions. No more worrying about running out of pills, or waking up in the middle of the night just to take a pill because I start to go through withdrawals. (I am not talking about puking in the toilet, curled up on the floor withdrawals. I mean the awkward feeling and leg twitches that wake me up). I work 12 hour shift work 3 to 4 days a week and the fact is I need more pills on some days. It was a constant worry having to balance my pain, work, life and pill intake so I wouldn%u2019t run out. I still need oxycodone for %u201Cbreak through pain%u201D but I do need to take JUST a few to feel comfortable. If I have a day off work and only need one pill, I don%u2019t have to take more later. If you have just started taking them, give them some time to kick in, it took a week or so for me to realize it was really working, after two months I realized the overall impact on my life. The freedom from a pill bottle is the main benefit, and I am sure other chronic pain suffers can relate. I read these blogs all the time, to research and gather information about new medicines my Doctorr wants to try. I have never felt the need to share until this point. Hope it helps somehow.”

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Happy man · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 8, 2014

“Had back surgery in 2000. 3 rods 6 screws and bone put in L4 L5 S1. Had severe pain for 12 years. No sleep, ( 3 1/2 to 5 hours a night). No energy, seldom in good mood because of the pain. Sometimes down for 3 weeks at a time. Began Butrans 10 mcg last year and man what a difference. First week was getting 7 hours sleep and pain level went from 10 to 1 or 2. Has been that way for the last 11 months. Now getting blisters and rash at application site. Going to doctor this week. Hope he doesn't take me off. Really not looking forward to the return of a painful life.”

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Anonymous September 7, 2011

“I have had pain from 2 ruptured discs and spondylolesthesis for the past 9 years. I used to be very athletic (running, lifting weights, yoga, biking, etc.) and I had to give all of that up. That would be have been ok if it had relieved the pain, but it didn't. I've spent the last 9 years on Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Flexeril, and others. I had given up on having any quality of life. That was until I found Butrans. I have been on it for about a month, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, my back does not hurt. I am sleeping through the night. I do not feel drugged out (like Vicodin) and have no side effects. Not one. This medicine is a miracle.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month January 30, 2015

“So far Butrans has been a lifesaver. I've been on every nerve medication and pain killer for the past 6 years. I was taking 10 Oxycodone every day just to stay functional. 1st day on the patch I didn't think it was going to work. The next day I woke up almost pain free for the first time in years. It made me realize how bad my pain had actually been. Butrans has been nothing short of a miracle for me. No more pills (except Mobic). No more roller coaster of highs and lows of pain medicines. Just relief. It's only week 2 but the difference is amazing. Some minor side effects, little sleepy, subtle headache, but that's about it. I feel almost 100% normal again. I honestly had almost forgotten what normal felt like. Thanks Butrans!”

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dogpaula · Taken for less than 1 month July 6, 2013

“When the doctor gave me these patches I had a a "yeah right" attitude. I am stunned! I applied the first patch and 3 days later I had significant pain relief! I just applied my 2nd patch and I am able to resume doing a lot of things I haven't done in years. I had side effects at first, sleepiness, shakiness, and severe nausea but they passed within the first week. I am amazed and pleased at the effectiveness of these patches.”

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Maximus222 December 3, 2013

“After a my injury turned from acute to chronic my Dr. prescribed 10mcg patch. I was very skeptical since a patch seems very non-traditional but I gotta say it worked terrific. You put the patch on once a week and forget about pain/pills till the next week. So effective and convenient that multiple times I have forgotten to change it after a week. Only downside is no hot tub/baths and no direct sunbathing, a bummer when you live on the CA coast! Also no tolerance issues, was on same dose with same results for 2years.”

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Fyl of Riverside · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 12, 2014

“I have been on pain medicines since 1987 and an injury. I went through it all the way up to Lorcet. Then when they found out I had a liver condition, they switched me over to Butrans. About 30 minutes after taking it, I was out of pain, but I was also in a newer state of mind. On my previous pain killers, I assumed they were working. But with Butrans, once it hit me, I was VERY aware of being on a narcotic. NO pain and a nice buzz on the side. Thank You to Butrans.”

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Dad November 4, 2019

“This is simply and awful drug that is shockingly being misrepresented as a front line pain management drug vs a rehabilitation drug. Dr's are being either scared or bullied into writing scripts for this trash and people like myself with MS, 11 invasive surgeries including multiple cervical fusions, multiple thoracic disc replacements and once of my fusions is broken. Further, in my case it was equitably compared to a fentanyl patch in performance. It was my pharmacy that actually told me what it was and how it would or more so would work. I had no titration down from 100 Morphine Equivalents and was started on a patch of 7.5mcg. This medicine is so misunderstood; that when I went into withdrawal, then became dehydrated from the bowel distress and vomiting our little hospital didn't know what to do and was to scared to help - on a Sunday afternoon. IF GIVEN THE CHOICE, please don't agree to it and save yourself a ton of unneeded misery. Best of luck and find a doctor you trust”

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Slxtr23 · Taken for less than 1 month March 14, 2016

“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.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 10, 2012

“Fantastic, at first. I received relief from Fibro pain throughout my body and some rheumatoid arthritis pain. (Oddly, I did experience a new pain in the very center of my lower back after beginning Butrans). Once I increased to 20mcg, after 2 days of applying the new patch, I would vomit, nausea and headache. Then, my depression got so bad, almost to the point of hospitalization. Butrans did help with my pain, but the side effects were just too much.”

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cccj228 August 14, 2016

“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!”

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Jacqui LF April 20, 2011

“I am 25. I started using Butrans 3 weeks ago. It has been a life saver - I started taking it for pain after wanting to stop popping the Percocets. I was optimistic, but honestly didn't have much faith in it. To my surprise the Butrans has relieved my pain since day 1. If I do something that aggravates my back such as standing or walking for extended periods of time, then I get some back pain, but its really nothing compared to what I am used to. I am very thankful for having found out about this patch. It has influenced my life in so many positive ways so far. I was frustrated physically and emotionally prior to starting Butrans, I feel much more happier now. My pain is from spinal reconstruction to correct severe scoliosis - 2008.”

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Mommy1977 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 29, 2019

“I have been on Butrans patch for 5 years - started at 15mcg and moved up over the years to 20 mcg I have interstitial cystitis (IC) a painful bladder condition- I have to admit the patch did help me with pain - but my condition requires constant surgeries to maintain / what they don’t tell you about being on the patch long term is - the way the patch works (look it up and read for you self !!!). It blocks pain relievers like morphine - fentanyl- ( protagonists- antagonist) that they use after surgery for pain management. I had a full hysterectomy while keeping the patch on - per my pain management recommendations/ huge mistake !!! I woke up after surgery basically screaming because they could not get me out of pain - it was at the least to say the worst experience of my life ! While I understand we are all different and each body works with medication differently - if you have a condition that requires frequency surgery - read up on Butrans and discuss with your doctor in-depth before you go under”

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Dervla · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 9, 2016

“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 ”

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Daniweb June 24, 2011

“My pain management doctor put me on Butrans patches about 6 weeks ago 5 mg dose. The first box of four was a lifesaver. No more agony at work. Able to sleep. Did more in two weekends than I had in two years. I'm hoping to bump up to the ten mg dose soon to cut down on my Norco. I have had chronic pain for many years and have been through many medicines including Oxycontin. This patch is the best so far.”

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Anonymous December 29, 2011

“I had back surgery a year and a few months ago for a ruptured L5 that was causing severe pain in my lower back and down my leg. The surgery was not a success and am worse now than I was. Tried injections having nerves catheterized, and physical therapy, none of which helped. My dose of Norco's just kept getting higher and higher to where they couldn't give me anymore and be able to perform my job. My doctor put me on the Butrans patches and the relief I get is absolutely amazing. Very seldom do I have to take the Norco's. I started on the 10 mg and now am at 20mg. Like others my only complaint is about day 5 or 6 they start wearing off then takes a day for new patch to start to work. Overall they have made my life more comfortable than it has been.”

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Biobot April 4, 2012

“It works great for about 3 days. It's supposed to last 7 days. By great I mean it dramatically reduces pain (from 9-2) for about 5 hrs/day. Then the pain gradually increases. One good thing is that I don't wake up in pain when the patch is working.”

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ELLA32 June 17, 2015

“I had a good experience overall with the Butrans 15mg patches. Suffered from a bad car wreck leaving me with severe occipital nerve pain, migraines, bulging disc in my neck and back. Damage to L5, S1 in a fall and fibromyalgia. I tried so many meds was a ginea pig for trial and error. Tried every pain med that was available and found I was allergic to all but two. After 10 plus years of being in pain I was finally able to get out of bed in the morning and sleep through the night. I could function without the drowsiness or loopy feeling pills left behind. I would recommend this to anyone in cronic pain not part time pain. The only side effects I encountered were 2 years later and are ichy, redness and blistering like rash at application site”

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BelleSomnium · Taken for less than 1 month June 21, 2016

“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!”

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Anonymous December 28, 2011

“The best medicine I have taken so far for control of sacroiliac joint pain. I have been on Oxycontin, Percocet and this patch works better. The side effects are tolerable. My only complaints are severe bloating and constipation. You really have to stay on top of taking a laxative or you will be in bad shape. But you cannot beat the pain control. The patch enables me to work full-time at a professional job and remain comfortable..”

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TerriW27 July 10, 2011

“For 20 years I had been taking pain medicines (from Vicodin to Norco) for acute pain (blown out knee, two knee replacements, torn rotator cuff) to chronic back pain due to 4 herniated discs and a chronic fracture at T11-T12. It got to the point where taking 6-7 Norco 10/325 a day didn't keep me comfortable. My ortho sent me to a pain management clinic at the local hospital where they switched me over to Butrans. I was started on the 10 mg which helped, but I was still in discomfort. The following visit I was switched to the 20 mg. I am very satisfied with the level and continuity of pain relief. What a Godsend! My only complaint is that the patch seems to lose it's effectiveness by Day 5 or 6.”

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Anonymous July 25, 2011

“I had lower back surgery several years ago. I ended up getting scar tissue build up within my spine which has caused on going back and leg pain. I've tried all the "normal" methods of relief.....TENS unit, back injections, nerve burn, physical therapy, etc. Nothing seemed to work except narcotic pain medicines. I was taking 10/325 Norco pills for pain management but I'm not a big pill type person so when I asked my PCP if there was anything else she suggested the Butrans patch. Tried 5mcg patch but wasn't very effective. Stepped up to the 10mcg patch and all is good now. I rarely need to take a Norco (maybe 2-3 a week for break through pain) but overall this patch has been VERY helpful. It does not make me feel high.”

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PearlsGirl November 15, 2015

“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.”

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Anonymous February 4, 2012

“I had severe back and neck pain for 4 years , been to neurologist , surgeons , chiropractors , physical therapists with no relief or quality of life. I don't even know how I was working. My dr put me on the Butrans patch and my pain decreased a lot. I had no side effects for 8 months. Now I have severe itching and burning at the site and itching all over, to the point I want to pull it off.”

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goheels June 15, 2011

“I have taken Norco in increasing doses (though not above what my doctor recommended) since 2004. Over the years I have tried a dozen or more medicines for my back pain, which is due to a L5/S1 herniation, and the only ones that have worked were Hydrocodone and Oxycodone - until the Butrans patch that is. I started on the 5mg patch for a month, which cut my Norco intake in half. I then was upped to the 10mg patch, which has cut my Norco down to about a pill a day for breakthrough pain. It really helps - and I'm sleeping through the night for the first time in years since my medicines aren't wearing off at 2AM. Admittedly, I've only been on this for 6 weeks, but I am highly optimistic based on my early results.”

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