What is Buprenorphine patch?

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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 152 147
Fibromyalgia 80 72
Doctor recommendation 39 41
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 5 4
Chronic pain syndrome 4 7

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 30
Moderate 43
Mild 68
None 56

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buprenorphine patch

Side effect Patients
Nausea 12
Constipation 8
Chronic constipation 6
Itching 6
Rashes (redness, swelling) 5
Allergic reaction to patch adhesive 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buprenorphine patch

Dosage Patients
20 mcg weekly 8
1 PATCH weekly 7
10 mcg weekly 7
15 mcg weekly 7
5 mcg weekly 6
2 other weekly 1
10 mg weekly 1
20 mg weekly 1
25 mcg weekly 1
15 mcg every other day 1

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Why patients stopped taking Buprenorphine patch

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 30
Did not seem to work 22
Doctor's advice 21
Other 14
Expense 6
Change in health plan coverage 4
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
See all 68 patients who've stopped taking Buprenorphine patch

Duration

Currently taking Buprenorphine patch

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Buprenorphine patch

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 177
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 35
Not at all hard to take 146
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 15
$50-99 9
$25-49 27
< $25 72
Not specified 63

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buprenorphine patch after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 8
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 5
Morphine (Morphine ER) 5
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 4
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 4

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Buprenorphine patch and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Morphine (Morphine ER) 3
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 2
tapentadol (Nucynta) 2
Buprenorphine (Subutex) 1
Fentanyl (Actiq) 1

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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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: 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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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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