Buprenorphine Transdermal System Signs Of Abuse
Some of the possible symptoms of buprenorphine transdermal misuse can include taking it in any way other than prescribed. Someone might change their patches more frequently than instructed, apply multiple patches in an attempt to get high, or they might chew the patch or try to inject the medicine. When someone chews a buprenorphine patch, they might want to get the entire dose and effects of the medication all at once. There is a ceiling on the effects of buprenorphine, however. Taking more buprenorphine after a certain point won’t increase the desirable effects, such as feelings of euphoria. It can still lead to serious health risks or death.
- Using it in an out of control way
- Doctor shopping to get multiple opioid prescriptions
- Continuing to use it even when experiencing adverse side effects
- The use of buprenorphine becomes a priority
- Putting oneself in dangerous situations to use or obtain buprenorphine
- Trying to stop using buprenorphine unsuccessfully
While the buprenorphine transdermal system has a lower misuse potential than other opioids, the risk still exists. It’s something for patients and their families to be aware of. Anytime someone is using the buprenorphine transdermal system outside of prescribing instructions, it’s considered misuse. This doesn’t mean someone is addicted to the patch, but addiction can develop from misuse. People at a higher risk of addiction stemming from the use of buprenorphine are often those individuals with a personal or family history of substance misuse.
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