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User Reviews for Buprenorphine to treat Pain

Also known as: Belbuca, Butrans, Sublocade Buprenex

Buprenorphine has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 127 ratings for the treatment of Pain. 53% of those users who reviewed Buprenorphine reported a positive effect, while 26% reported a negative effect.

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6.3/10 average rating

127 ratings from 131 user reviews.

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Reviews for Buprenorphine

1PrettyMess · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 28, 2021

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I have broken Harrington rods in my back. Surgery's not an option because nerves and scar tissue have grown around the hardware. So... I have chronic pain.. I am on a stronger level of the belbuca and ...it does seem to take the edge off of spasms, and the strong cutting pains... but it just doesn't get you to a decent tolerable pain scale level...(for me thats about a 5-7)”

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TLW · Taken for 1 to 2 years May 4, 2021

“I do not get any pain relief with this drug. Doctors try to convince me that it is good for pain but not for me.”

2 / 10
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Dianne · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 11, 2021

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Belbuca (Inside Cheek Formulation every 12 hours) has been a LIFESAVER for me. Unfortunately, I had been forced to take opioid medications after a car wreck which led to 4 lumber disk surgeries, 2 Cervical disk surgeries, a stroke, Sjögren’s syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s Disease, and other pain conditions”

10 / 10
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W.b. June 9, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Belbuca is expensive for and has a horrible, horrible side effect of not sleep and my knees are absolutely killing me. Worst pain pill I've ever bought that I paid money at a drugstore for as much money as I paid it's insane how expensive it is. We need to take our government back over for people in pain.”

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Married28 · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 6, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I am SO glad I looked at these reviews. I thought I was just being whiney about the effectiveness of this med, because Belbuca is barely taking my pain from a level 7 down to a 5. I promise I am not one to exaggerate my pain or complain but this med is not very much help for me at least. The package is difficult to open. It’s thin and you have to be careful when cutting it so that you don’t cut thru the patch. Pharmacies don’t keep much (if any) stock of Belbuca. Be prepared to wait for the pharmacy to order it. I don’t have a problem with the patch not sticking (thank goodness). I can sense minor relief in about 45-90 mins. And the relief does not last for 12 hour doses. ...unfortunately. I have broken Harrington rods in my back I’ve been in pain management for the last 23 years. I just always figured they would have some type of great miracle med for serious chronic pain... this Belbuca certainly not it...for me but I hope it helps you.”

2 / 10
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Skeetz · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 29, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Was on the Belbuca 7 day patch but suffered from withdrawals every 5.5 days. If not complete withdrawals then pain all day in the sixth day. Got tired of it and changed to the 12 hour film. No matter how hard you try, it sticks to your teeth and takes about an hour to go away. I found it took care of my sciatica but didn't do a thing for stretched nerve pain. It would break through the Belbuca at about 11 am and screaming breakout pain would be with me for 12 hours. So I couldn't tell if it worked at all. Either my breakout pain was a hundred and the Belbuca was a ten, but I could not tell if I was on the medication or not. I hurt every day.”

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Ozarkqueen April 8, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I have taken Belbuca for a year now for all over body pain due to neurology damage. My doctor started me low and we worked up from there to the 300 mcg dose twice a day and we worked up from there. I think I may have experienced a headache in the beginning not sure. But it did help my pain, until it didn't then my doctor would increase my dose to the next level of patch. I'm now up to the 900 mcg dose. The only real side effects I have is being extremely tired and my body get really hot, which is a side effect. But this drug cost almost $900 a month! Insurance won't pay and I'm on a fixed income.”

8 / 10
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Kc · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 1, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I've been taking Belbuca for several months now. I was on the 300mcg and they brought me back down to 150 mcg thought the 300 may have been making me too tired. It hasn't worked for any of my pain at all. I've given it plenty of time to test. I will be asking for a referral to a pain management program because the GP doesn't want to prescribe anything stronger than this. My insurance covered it in full, but it's a waste of time because it doesn't work at all. I have no life with this pain.”

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Anonymous August 10, 2011

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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.”

10 / 10
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Isaiah · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 14, 2018

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I'm shocked reading the 1 star reviews. I understand I was not happen to lose the Vicodin. But I'm pretty sure folks posting aren't being honest because the truth is this medicine is truly remarkable. I've had major injuries and neurological pain for years. After meds much stronger in theory, this has been the best. Two years completely pain free. Unreal.”

10 / 10
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RinkaD · Taken for less than 1 month January 17, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “So on Belbuca at 150 mcg twice a day for pain. Can't actually tell that I am taking it. In other words it is doing nothing for my pain. Also have to say the packaging can't be opened without scissors! And the little patch doesn't stay in place once you get it in your mouth.”

1 / 10
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Happy man · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 8, 2014

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous September 7, 2011

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month January 30, 2015

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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.”

9 / 10
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Maximus222 December 3, 2013

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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.”

10 / 10
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SD · Taken for less than 1 month February 26, 2020

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “Been using Hydrocodone and Oxycodone for 9 years, GI can't tolerate long acting medication and I still lead an active life and don't want to be intoxicate 24/7. Just started taking Belbuca, I normally have dry mouth so my first few times using it haven't been pleasant!!! Not supposed to eat or drink anything, have to brush my teeth to get rid of the smeary paste in my mouth. Makes me very sleepy and feeling dazed. Don't noticed much yet for pain relief, just more of an I don't care attitude. Going to using it only at bedtime. Definitely expensive, get a coupon for $100 off the first fill. Wouldn't mind paying for it if i knew it had positive results.”

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

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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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Alac October 9, 2019

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I was involved in a methanol explosion that covered me in the flaming liquid. 50 percent of my body suffered from 3rd degree or higher burns. Was given hydromorphone in the hospital along with oxy 30s upon leaving the hospital was given oxy 10s then oxy 7.5 those seemed to try and help but still left me with quite a bit of pain. Pain management wrote me a script for 150 mcg belbuca. Started taking the medicine and it seemed to work better than the oxys but left me with bad headaches in the beginning and a really fuzzy head. Best I can describe it is like a really bad hangover but without the physical effects other than the headache. Just really disconnected and chemical feeling. Biggest problem is how sleepy it makes me. If I'm active and moving around I'm usually ok but if I sit down especially if I need to drive a car I almost fall asleep which is extremely dangerous so trying to plan when I can take my meds around if I need to go somewhere is really difficult.”

6 / 10
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Joe · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 17, 2020

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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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cccj228 August 14, 2016

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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!”

8 / 10
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Lilygirl · Taken for less than 1 month April 1, 2020

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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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NoniCCURN · Taken for 6 months to 1 year January 20, 2017

Belbuca (buprenorphine): “I have been on oxycontin for the past 7 years, but my pain had been increasing more and more over the in the past few months. I discussed my lack of pain control and he mentioned Belbuca. We discussed all of the pros and cons. I tried Belbuca and during the first two weeks, it was a bit hairy. I may have been a bit apprehensive, so I didn't think it was working. On the third week, my pain subsided, with Norco for breakthrough pain. I didn't like the idea of being on oxycontin for such a long time, and Belbuca gives me pain relief I do desperately needed.”

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Jacqui LF April 20, 2011

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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

Butrans (buprenorphine): “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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