Effectiveness & Safety of Butrans Skin Patch in Treating Chronic Pain

Skin patches of Butrans have buprenorphine in them, which is an opioid pain medicine. An opioid is also sometimes termed as a narcotic.

How Effective is Butrans Skin Patch in Treating Chronic Pain?

How Effective is Butrans Skin Patch in Treating Chronic Pain?

Butrans Skin Patch is effectively used to treat mild to serious chronic pain which cannot be relieved by other drugs. It is not taken in on the basis of as-required for pain. It can cause death of a child getting hold of it and putting it orally or wearing it on the skin.

  • Subjects having respiratory problems such as asthma or having a bowel impediment known as paralytic ileus, should not be recommended Butrans Skin Patch.
  • Buprenorphine has tendency to stop or slow down the breathing, and can also cause addiction. Use it only when prescribed. Never share these Butrans Skin Patch with others.
  • Abuse of narcotics have tendency to cause addiction or even death, particularly in a person taking these drug without a recommendation.
  • Alcohol should not be used while wearing skin patches of Butrans. Negative effects or even death can occur when alcohol is used while using buprenorphine.
  • Buprenorphine can cause fatal symptoms of withdrawal in a neonatal if the mother utilized this drug in case of pregnancy.
  • Prevent heat sources when a skin patch of Butrans is wore. Absorption of the medicine through the skin can be increased by heat.

How Safe is Butrans Skin Patch in Treating Chronic Pain?

Butrans Skin Patch is safe only when it is recommended by your doctor. Butrans Skin Patch should not be recommended to subjects who have allergy towards buprenorphine, or in subjects having bowel obstruction or severe breathing complications. Butrans Skin Patch is not used if:

  • You have any sort of lung disease.
  • You have a past of head wound, seizures or brain cancer.
  • You have a past of drug misuse, mental illness or alcohol addiction.
  • You have urination complications.
  • You have an obstruction in the stomach or in other parts of gut.
  • You have kidney or liver disorder;
  • You have any heart disease, heart rhythm concerns, low potassium concentration or a private or familial past of Long QT syndrome;
  • You have concerns with the gallbladder, thyroid, or pancreas.
  • You are taking a painkiller such as Valium (lorazepam, alprazolam, Ativan, Restoril, diazepam, Klonopin, Xanax, Tranxene, Versed, and others etc).

Some drugs have potential to react with buprenorphine and can lead to an emergency state known as serotonin syndrome. Your doctor must be alert if you are also taking medicines for depression, Parkinson’s disease, mental illness, migraine headaches, avoidance of not only nausea but also vomiting. Take suggestions from the doctor before considering any variations in what way or at what time you should take your treatment.

Is Butrans Skin Patch Recommended During Pregnancy?

No. Using Butrans Skin Patch during pregnancy can make your baby become reliant on the medicine. This can result in fatal symptoms of withdrawal in the child after he comes into the world. Newly born babies reliant on addictive drugs necessitate medical cure for many weeks. So your doctor should be completely alert of the fact, if you are with a child or planning to get a child.

Buprenorphine can also come into women’s milk and harm the baby fed on mother milk. So you must not breast-feed if you are wearing these patches.

What are the Recommended Precautions while Using Butrans Skin Patch?

Alcohol should not be used. This can lead to negative impacts and death of patient can also happen. Butrans Skin Patch treatment can also harm your thinking, emotions or reactions. So avoid driving any car or doing any different activities requiring full consideration, lest you know the effects of Butrans. Severe drowsiness or drowsiness can lead to falls or any other harms.

Prevent letting a different person helping you in dealing with patches of skin. If the sticky end of skin patch touches with other individual, bath that region of skin with tap water and receive medical assistance immediately. Wearing a skin patch is avoided on those parts of the body where children would be able to reach or take away the covering from your skin. Prevent children watching you wear a skin patch.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 10, 2017

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