What is BuTrans patch?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Buprenorphine patch

BuTrans is an international name for transdermal patches; it contains buprenorphine in a continuous release formulation to be worn for seven consecutive days.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 100 105
Fibromyalgia 56 57
Doctor recommendation 23 34
Osteoarthritis 4 12
Back pain 3 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 17
Moderate 32
Mild 45
None 42

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with BuTrans patch

Side effect Patients
Nausea 9
Constipation 5
Itching 5
Chronic constipation 4
Rashes (redness, swelling) 4
Sleepiness 3

Show all 66 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking BuTrans patch

Dosage Patients
15 mcg weekly 7
20 mcg weekly 6
5 mcg weekly 4
10 mcg weekly 4
1 PATCH weekly 3
2 other weekly 1
10 mg weekly 1
10 mcg daily 1
100 mcg weekly 1
360 mcg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking BuTrans patch

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 16
Did not seem to work 15
Doctor's advice 11
Other 10
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
See all 43 patients who've stopped taking BuTrans patch

Duration

Currently taking BuTrans patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking BuTrans patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 17
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 123
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 100
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 14
$50-99 5
$25-49 17
< $25 49
Not specified 40

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking BuTrans patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 5
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 2
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 2

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking BuTrans patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buprenorphine (Subutex) 1
Fentanyl (Actiq) 1
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 1
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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2 patient evaluations for BuTrans 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: 5 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: 5 mcg Weekly

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