What is Buprenorphine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Buprenorphine is an opioid analgesic used in the management of moderate to severe pain. It is also used in the treatment of opioid dependence. It may also be used for heroin and opioid withdrawal.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 27 16
Fibromyalgia 15 23
Drug use disorder 12 12
Doctor recommendation 7 6
Back pain 2 2

Show all 19 reasons taken


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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
10
Moderate
12
Mild
17
None
13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Buprenorphine

Side effect Patients
Constipation 5
Drowsiness 2
Nausea and vomiting 2
Allergic reaction 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Brain fog 1

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Buprenorphine

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 2
2 mg three times daily 2
16 mg twice daily 2
2 g twice daily 1
4 mg daily 1
8 mg daily 1
8 mg twice daily 1
24 mg daily 1
480 mcg daily 1
300 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Buprenorphine

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Reason Patients
Change in health plan coverage 3
Doctor's advice 3
Other 3
Side effects too severe 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 2
See all 11 patients who've stopped taking Buprenorphine

Duration

Currently taking Buprenorphine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9

Stopped taking Buprenorphine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 37
Usually 8
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 3
< $25 22
Not specified 18

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Buprenorphine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans Transdermal Patch) 3
Tramadol (Ultram) 2
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) 1
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Buprenorphine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buprenorphine-Naloxone (Suboxone) 1
Hydrocodone ER (Hysingla ER) 1
Methadone (Methadose) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Buprenorphine

Jan 24, 2013 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I FIND THIS MEDICATION A LOT EASIER TO TAKE AS I AM NOT VERY GOOD AT TAKING TABLETS AND IT EASY TO TAKE WHILE OUT AS THEY MELT THEM UNDER YOUR TONGUE IT DOESN'T KNOCK ME OUT THE WAY IT USED TO.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Jun 10, 2012 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: my advice for people, who first start taking this medication is only take one tablet to start with because it can make you very drowsy at first and make you sleep for longer in the morning. or till lunchtime as it did for me. and then just gradually increase the dose as you get used to the tablets side effects but they do wear off after a few weeks.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Apr 25, 2012 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: when i first started taking this med, 2 tablets was too much for me to cope with as it made me sleep all day so i started with just 1 2mcg tablet and that helped and now i only take 2 if the pain is really bad.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Oct 29, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Oct 12, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Jun 22, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Jun 5, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: seems to be helping with the pain more than anything i have tried recently
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

May 15, 2011 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i have had some migraine headaches and a very dry mouth and a lot of hot and cold sweats and tiredness in the first week of being on these tablets. but hopefully these things will settle down
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Oct 3, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: i could not stay on this medication, i was sleeping for 15 hours or more a night and with 3 children and a husband it just not foesible that i could continue like this and when i went to the pain clinic, they told me i should not of been put on it and as it wasn't really do much for the pain that i should stop taking it immediately.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: loss of appetite

Sep 27, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mcg Daily
Side effects: loss of appetite

Sep 19, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: helps me sleep at night in fact i find it very difficult to get up in the morning
Side effects: loss of appetite

Sep 15, 2010 (Started Sep 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for fibromyalgia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mcg Daily
Side effects: loss of appetite

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