User Reviews for Buprenorphine to treat Chronic Pain
Also known as: Belbuca, Butrans, Sublocade Buprenex
Buprenorphine has an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 from a total of 376 ratings for the treatment of Chronic Pain. 43% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 39% reported a negative effect.
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I've been in pain management for 23 years. I've been on everything from Vicodin 2 fentanyl patch 2 Belbuca. The Belbuca 900 ... isn't bad. But it's also not great. It definitely takes the edge off but not really to a point where I can live a normal life. :( I started on a much lower dose almost 3 yrs ago. I was weaned off the fentanyl patch 50mcg. The best thing about Belbuca... I don't start withdrawals on the last day like I did with the fentanyl patch. But I do literally pray often that the med field will come up with an idea for a chronic pain med that works like the fentanyl patch but that 1. really stays attached to your skin AND 2.does not cause withdrawals at all. With Belbuca... I'm not in a state of panic when the patch peels off or before its time to apply another patch. They can send a man to the moon but can't control constant severe pain. Ooo wait-we CAN control pain but because some people abuse pain medication.... innocent people have to be punished.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “It has done well with pain but due to tolerance I only have one dose increase left. Also, it has caused TERRIBLE insomnia. Sometimes it is every other night sometimes it is staying awake 2 of 3 days, which worsens the pain. I will take it as long as I can. Above 900 mcg it messes with your heart’s QT interval.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I like many others here have chronic pain 21 yrs now lots of pain meds and government decide that we have to have our meds lowered because of people who became addicted. If you have real pain you don't become addicted. Anyways I am now on belbuca a massive dose twice daily along with oxycodone 4 times a day and muscle relaxers. They have to change laws for those of us who have chronic pain and will the rest of our lives, because we really aren't living! We're existing in pain which is no way to live, as I have no life anymore .”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I have been stuck with horrible chronic pain from PLDS (post-Lyme disease syndrome). first I was prescribed oxycodone, I hated the side effects. Apathy, brain fog, severe constipation, sweats, nausea, headaches... I was miserable. I fired my pain Dr and signed up for a chronic pain MAT program. They prescribed Belbuca and I’m very satisfied with my experience. It helps with pain as well as the oxy did, but the apathy and brain fog are pretty much gone. On my correct dose I have no nausea, headaches or other icky side effects. I’m free from the endless rollercoaster of pain and withdrawals between doses, and having to make sure I have opiates with me at all times just in case. A word of caution regarding the bad reviews. Some of them may not have given the medication enough time to find the right dose for them. Others it may not work for, but for me Belbuca controls pain and doesn’t make you high - to me that’s a good thing, I can be a full participant in my life again.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “13+ years being STABLE on 150 + MME oxycodone and Morphine. Dr. Retires and the APRN I was left with refused to continue my care. Forced into a Pain Clinic and due to the torturous CDC “guidelines” and the FAKE opioid crisis (Fentanyl/Heroin is the real problem) I was given Belbuca as the ONLY option. I’m now at max dose of 900 mcg. It does work on nerve pain but has zero affect on bone pain. Headache is common and severe in the beginning but they do go away. Supposed to last 12 hours but consistently last only 6. After only a few months the dosage stops working. Now I’m at the top with no where to go. It also costs over $900.00 a MONTH. My old reliable meds cost $7 and $10 bucks a month. THANKS A LOT ! You’ve successfully DESTROYED patients lives, MANY have committed suicide due to your reckless recommendations. DAMN YOU ALL!”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “My insurance company just canceled me. Pretty sure it was do to the HUGE cost of this medication. Different pharmacies charge from $900 to $1500 per month. I have NEVER abused any medications. Ever. Yet I am made to feel like some kind of drug addict. I have had multiple surgeries on my knees, shoulders, ankle, back etc. Metal Plates and Pins. This drug gives me headaches, constipation, and I can't sleep. I am exhausted all the time. What the Government has done to people who need pain medication is ABUSE. They need to go after the illegal Heroin, Fentanyl, and whatever else. Leave the people who REALLY do need pain medication alone. Let our doctor's do their jobs! This drug is a joke. And yet again the pharmaceutical companies are getting rich off of Americans who have worked their whole lives. I just want to be able to function again. Belbuca is not the answer for my pain. Maybe it works for others.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “They began with 450 but work Comp insurance would not cover it. Work Comp finally covered it in April, when raised to 750. It is not effective & I am in constant pain. I want the 900 to see if it would work. Before CDC decided we were all addicts & abusers, I had finally got meds to balance (Morphone, Oxycodone & Norco) to live as close to a normal life as is possible. Now I take Belbuca - it does not work! It took years to get meds balanced. The media lied and chronic pain sufferers are paying for it! Now insurance adjusts the Rx’s written by Dr, changing the amounts! INSURANCE STOPPED APPROVAL OF ALL MY PAIN MEDICATIONS FOR TWO WEEKS! Called attorney & said not sure life was worth living in such pain — got meds approved iso I wouldn’t end myself cuz pain doesn’t stop…EVER. LAWS NEED TO CHANGE FOR CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS!”
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Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I am upset, depressed, angry because of Belbuca. I was so excited to start Belbuca. I was on Fentanyl patch for 14 years. It was perfect EXCEPT it would occasionally come off. I’ve been on Belbuca for 5 weeks now. It has only taken my pain from a 9 to 7.5. I’m on 600 strength. I have broken Harrington rods in my back and nerves & scar tissue has grown around them. I wish the people complaining about opioids use lived 1 week my pain. The secret they have to think the pain will never leave. They have to know just 3 blocks away at a pharmacy is something to help them BUT they can’t have it. IF you are reading this and U can help people who R suffering needlessly...plz help with a voice. ”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “This medication Belbuca can & is helping me to control my pain and lowering my dependence on the previous meds such as morphine/Oxicontin/Oxycodone. Please DON'T READ the negative reviews that I did and scared me so much to start these meds! Unlike the government who thinks we all fit into one box, we DO NOT! Please give these meds a chance, they don't make you get high (euphoria) like pills will. So if you are a TRUE pain patient, try this & don't turn it down because the bad reviews out there. I was scared to take it, but it has given me my life back. Due to the "guidelines" which have become the rule book. I am not mentally addicted to these medications, however, my body is. It is impossible for me, due to severe nerve damage. To ever live opiod free. However, when they cut my meds in half & I was forced to "medically resign" from my job because my pain levels were through the roof! I am ALWAYS in pain. Belbuca has given me my life back!”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I am now on 750 mg of belbuca. Been taking it for about 8 months now and it still doesn't help the severe pain I feel everyday. I understand that all the doctors want to get you off the oxycodones but how can you handle the pain without it. I also take tizanidine and gabapentin.. and some days the pain is too much.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Ive tried Belbuca 75 mg patches for twenty five days now. It simply will not stick to the inside of a "moistened cheek" as indicated. If it does stick for more than 5 minutes it then releases and sticks to a tooth. I know it is not being absorbed because I can't feel anything. I honestly don't understand why they made this.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “This medicine saved my life. I feel no buzz. It doesn't hijack your brain like oxycodone. I feel so normal. This medicine is a true godsend. 10 years of endless depression of feeling stuck on percocet with constant pain when percocet only last 4 hrs and only 3 doses a day. Do the math 12 hrs ur suffering withdrawal and pain. With Belbuca I have no side effects and it works way better than suboxone ever did. I am so thankful. Nucynta is garbage. Percocet works but its very addicting and changes your personality. And I get angry really quick. Belbuca is a GODSEND to me anyways. I truly and finally have my life back. People are even noticing it. I was down to 143lbs and Im up to 160 already. I have a torn ACL 2 torn meniscous spinal stenosis DDD, facet hypertrophy and a ruptured l5 s1 disc. I am taking 300 micro grams”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I like reading that this medication works for some people, unfortunately it did not work for me. It gave me terrible migraine headaches that sent me to the emergency room to rid myself of them because they were so severe. The moment it dissolves, my head felt like it was going to explode. I wish they could come up with something that could help people with chronic pain! I’m not sure the government understands. The opioid crisis is mostly for people that are addicted to fentanyl and move onto heroin. All of these reviews will not change anything unless people speak up to their representative. People cannot live in chronic pain and work.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I give this a score of -1. Belbuca provides zero relief for my pain. I was doing better before I started on it because the pain medication I was on before gave minor relief where this does nothing. Does not stick to my cheek worth a hoot. Waste of time and money so far.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “My husband has been on opioids for years for chronic back pain (degenerative disk disease). His dr retired last year and we have not been able to find anyone who will prescribe the meds for him. He also had surgery 2 years ago and the surgeon botched his surgery and he has chronic pain from that as well. We went to a new dr and he was prescribed Belbuca. This has been such a game changer for him. He is 4 days in and already there is a huge difference in him. Now to just get insurance to approve it. They denied our initial PA request and we had to pay cash for his first months supply.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Started belbuca 1 wk& 2 days ago fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Bone Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, & Scoliosis I've been on pain meds for 19 yrs. Start dose 300mcg every 12 hours, which was increased to 600mg after 1 week. My chronic pain is not being covered yet but it did indeed take care of withdrawal symptoms. I've been given hydrocodone for breakthrough pain, but it takes more to take care of my pain. I imagine my doctor will probably increase me to 900mcg when I go back to see her in 2 weeks. Side effects headache/migraine, lack of energy Previous Medications Methadone 20mgs daily with hydrocodone for breakthrough pain for the last 8 years. Prior to that I took oxycontin w/oxycodone for breakthrough pain. The government needs to realize these opioid deaths aren't people being treated for pain under a doctor, but people using heroin, carfentanil, from people getting street meds”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Have not tried yet but I have been abandoned by pain doctors and don’t know what to do. Withdrawal debilitating pain I can’t go on like this. I do know people say that film eats your stomach and teeth. The Laws on opioids need to change today. The pain situation is hopeless.”
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Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Was in a accident 2015. Drunk driver hit me head on. From that year till last week I've had two surgeries on my back. PT. Pain management was the only way to help me, they added more pills & upped the dose of pain meds. Depending on pills for the pain was depressing. Long story short I went to another pain management dr for a second opinion. He tried me on belbuca 425mcg. Twice a day, today is day 6. First couple of days my head was foggy. I felt a little sick to my stomach. It goes away each day. The pain is 80% gone enough to where I can stand it and have a life. I don't have to take any pills in between. I was so afraid of detoxing because of the lower dose. No detox at all..I can't believe the pain break through this has given me. What I've been through and the pain was too much. I'm more active , longer walks. I'll never be able to run again but I'll take this over having to take 6 pills a day of high doses.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Two words - belbuca sucks- it does not control my pain it gives me headaches dry mouth and I can't sleep at night I wish the government could be in as much pain as some of us are out there and see how they handle their day I'll surely prescribed belbuca to them”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I was put on Belbuca the very first day I walked into the pain clinic. I wasn’t even currently taking norco or any other short acting opioid! I don’t need to take them every day so going on belbuca, IMO, is worthless! So, instead, MY dr gave me ten 5mg norco’s for a whole month! Wow, can’t even get relief for longer than 3 days of a 3 week flare up! It’s insane how we’re treated!”
Butrans (buprenorphine): “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”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “This medication changed my life. I’ve tried many medications to manage pain from a chronic illness. I was on a stable dose of oxycodone for a long period of time, but felt that the effect wore off significantly over time. I felt pretty demoralized that the same dose that had been working for quite a while seemed to have finally stopped working for me. I switched to Belbuca, and stabilized my dose. It has been well over a year now, and I don’t have enough good things to say about it. If you’re looking for a medication that gets you “high”, look elsewhere. If you’re serious about your pain management, and want to be able to function with a clear head without your pain distracting you, this may be a great option for you. Final point: You’ll almost certainly need a prior authorization from your doctor for this medication. Insurance companies seem to not want to cover it, so you’ll need your doctor to do some paperwork so that you don’t end up paying $500 per month.”
Butrans (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.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I’ve been on Belbuca 300 mcg for three months. Not at all effective in controlling my pain from back and hip surgery. As usual , when the government has anything to do with a situation like the so called Opioid Crisis , they ruin the process.”
Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I have DDD (Degenerative disc disease ) , spinal stenosis , arthritis and after 3 spine surgeries, one being a fusion . I have tried the spinal stimulator. That barely helps . I take 60 mg oxy per day with 30mgs flexeril and was doing 30mg oxycontin. My dr. Took me off the oxycontin , added belbuca , started me at 300mcg , next month went up to 450 , and this month went up to 600 mcg . I think this is the dose for me . I've completely stopped every other medication. Belbuca is my miracle as nothing else I've tried over 10 years has helped . I highly recommend trying it .”
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