Butrans is a medication prescribed to patients who experience severe and ongoing pain due to conditions such as arthritis and chronic back pain. Specifically, Butrans is classified as an opioid analgesic. It is successful at relieving pain because changes how the brain and body recognize and react to pain.
You may begin to experience side effects after starting Butrans treatment, and this is perfectly common. Typical side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, irritation itching or redness at the application site. In most cases, these side effects will disappear after your body gets used to Butrans. If these common Butrans side effects persist or worsen, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Serious side effects of Butrans are uncommon, but it is important to be aware of them in case you need to identify them. Serious side effects of Butrans include agitation, confusion, hallucinations, difficulty urinating, swelling or blistering at the patch application site, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Notify your doctor immediately if you notice these symptoms.
Seek medical attention if you start to notice signs of fainting, seizure, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, fast or irregular heartbeat, or severe dizziness during a Butrans treatment cycle.
Some patients develop a physical dependence on Butrans or, even further, a psychological addiction even though they are applying the medication exactly as directed by their doctor. If you notice signs of Butrans addiction in you or someone you love, seek help as soon as possible. Indicators of Butrans addiction include becoming obsessed with finding and taking Butrans and losing interest in the hobbies and activities you once found enjoyable.
If you no longer want to take Butrans, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss dosage options. Usually, your doctor will lower your Butrans dose gradually over time to give your body adequate time to adjust to a lessening presence of the medication. Do not stop taking Butrans abruptly as this may produce unwanted withdrawal symptoms.
If you or someone you love is seeking to recover from substance use disorder, The Recovery Village has several treatment options to suit your needs. The first step in treatment, regardless of whether you enter inpatient or outpatient Butrans rehab, is to safely detox from the medication. Once the Butrans is out of your system, you will be able to participate in individual and group counseling and recreational therapy activities at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient Butrans rehab is a program which allows substance use disorder patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated inpatient centers. Here, patients can safely recover from addiction without distractions from the outside world. This type of rehab program is beneficial for patients who are experiencing severe Butrans addiction or those who would have trouble recovering while living at home.
While in the inpatient Butrans program, medical professionals teach patients how to cope with their individual Butrans addiction challenges.
Once the inpatient Butrans rehab program is completed, patients will be entered into the outpatient Butrans rehab treatment program. During this time, patients live at home while they come to The Recovery Village to attend scheduled treatment appointments. Some patients with less severe or mild Butrans addiction may choose to skip the inpatient program and begin recovery with outpatient Butrans therapy.
Choosing a Butrans rehab center to begin your recovery journey at is an important step towards living a happy, healthy, substance-free life. To make an informed decision, it is recommended you set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss what to look for in a Butrans rehab center. Certain factors which you may want to discuss during this meeting are how long you have been taking Butrans as well as your Butrans dosage levels.
If you or someone you love is struggling with Butrans addiction or another type of substance use disorder, do not hesitate to seek the help you need. The Recovery Village has a wide selection of resources and therapy programs for those looking to overcome substance use disorder. To learn more about these lifesaving programs, visit online at www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 855-548-9825.
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