What is Buprenorphine patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Buprenorphine is an opioid analgesic. It is available as a transdermal formulation for the treatment of chronic pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 176 162
Fibromyalgia 92 77
Doctor recommendation 47 49
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 6 4
Chronic pain syndrome 5 7

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 33
Moderate 45
Mild 73
None 64

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buprenorphine patch

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 13
Constipation 8
Chronic constipation 7
Itching 6
Rashes (redness, swelling) 5
Dizziness 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buprenorphine patch

Dosage Patients Percentage
5 mcg weekly 4
10 mcg weekly 3
15 mcg weekly 2
1 PATCH weekly 1
2 other weekly 1
10 mg weekly 1
20 mcg weekly 1
30 mcg weekly 1
10 mcg daily 1
450 mcg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Buprenorphine patch

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 32
Did not seem to work 24
Doctor's advice 22
Other 17
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 6
Personal research 5
Course of treatment ended 2
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Duration

Currently taking Buprenorphine patch

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Buprenorphine patch

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 190
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 36
Not at all hard to take 162
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 12
$100-199 17
$50-99 11
$25-49 30
< $25 75
Not specified 70

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buprenorphine patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Tramadol (Ultram) 9
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 8
Morphine (Morphine ER) 5
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 4
Hydrocodone 3

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Patients stopped taking Buprenorphine patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Buprenorphine (Subutex) 4
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 4
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2

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5 patient evaluations for Buprenorphine patch

Feb 14, 2012 (Started May 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Doctor recommendation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (itching and rash from patch adhesive)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 PATCH Weekly
Advice & Tips: Excellent pain control when I was on this patch but toward the end of treatment I was ready for re-evalution of dosage. Only problem I had was that due to NHS prescribing guidelines where the cheapest generic is prescribed the atch medium change from a plastic base to a cloth base of which I am allergic to this type of plaster. As it could not be made sure that I would be prescribed the patch I was originaly prescribed and the present one was causing itching under the patch and causing a dermatitis rash on my skin it had to be discontinued.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 15, 2011 (Started Aug 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mcg Weekly

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Jan 31, 2011 (Started Nov 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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