Butrans Patches

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I suffer from chronic severe back pain, had it for just over 20 years I started using the patched about 3 months ago and taking Co-codamol 30/500, Gabapentin and Baclofen. I started on the lower 5ug/h 7 day patch and am now on the 10ug/h patch and have managed to stop taking the Co-codamol, they were giving me really bad constipation in the end.

The pain releif with the patches is far superior as they provide constant releif, most pills seem to wear off after a few hours, with a measured amount of strong Morphine type medicine. The initial side effects can be quite extreme and often worse on increasing the dose, I was physically sick twice and the itching on the patch site was worse, but it is worth perservering and I feel a lot better now after a month on the stronger dose.

I would reccomend anyone with severe pain trying them but they may need to be prescribed by a pain clinic as doctors don't seem to like prescribing them without a clinic or specialists confirmation.

Andy

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    I have a slipped disc and a trapped sciatic nerve. I've at last been prescribed Buprenorphine patches after

    going through hell on various tablets. While I am still taking co-codomal and Gagapentine at very low doses

    the patches are helping quite a lot. I started at 5m and am now on 20m I have had few side effects so am

    hoping these are the answer . It seems to be trial and error so I will keep persevering .

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    Same here the doctor started me on these today hope they work as il be waiting till feb for my op on herniated disc l5ss1 .Have been taking Solpadol lyrica naproxen and zydol,just seems to be getting worse hopefully these patches help !
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    Since my last post I've had to increase my patches to 25m and while they are helping I'm still in quite a lot of pain. I am having an epidural injection very soon which I am sure will be the answer to my prayers.
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    A good tip if the patches make you itch is to expose the sticky side to the air for a few minutes before applying them. This stopped them from making me itch.hope it works for you should you need to do this.
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    Hi pamsy ive had an epidural injection ..it didnt give much relief but im in a huge amount of pain since last thursday that i rang the pain mangement doctor who gave me the last one and he is going to try git me in bevore christmas.My leg and foot pain is awful as well..can i ask did you have any side affects other than itch?
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    Terrie, no I don't have any other side effects from the patches. It seems it take n average three injections to work. Fingers crossed you get your next one soon.
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    I have been on and off these patches, but always I have found they take the edge off the worst pain, The trick is not to aim for pain free thou, as 2 things happen on high does to remove all the painĀ 

    1. when your body gets used to the drug, you have very few option left available to you.

    2. The higher the dose the more sleepy you get. If you are on these drugs constantly you must report it to DVLA as they are a controlled drug. Prolonged would be be more than 2 months.

    3. When the drugs stop working, you have to be weened doff butran before taking alternatives, as bu tran patch classh with other drugs. Usuall resulting in othere serious complications

    It a great drug but one to respect highly

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