Butrans is a pain-relieving medication prescribed to patients suffering from prolonged, intense pain due to conditions such as arthritis or chronic back pain. The medication is classified as an opioid analgesic and it is successful due to its ability to affect how the brain and body interpret pain.
Starting treatment with Butrans may produce side effects. Some of the more common side effects of Butrans are nausea, vomiting, constipation, lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, irritation, itching or redness at the application site. These side effects will typically dissipate after you have used Butrans for a while. If they do not go away or appear to get worse, discuss this with your doctor.
The rare, more serious side effects of Butrans include agitation, confusion, hallucinations, difficulty urinating, swelling or blistering at the patch application site, unusual tiredness, and weight loss. Consult your doctor as soon as possible if these side effects become noticeable.
Get medical attention right away if you begin to experience severe Butrans side effects such as fainting, seizure, slow or shallow breathing, severe drowsiness, difficulty waking up, fast or irregular heartbeat, or severe dizziness.
If you are looking to discontinue your treatment with Butrans, set up a meeting with your doctor. In most cases, doctors will gradually lower a patient’s Butrans dose over time so they can avoid unwanted withdrawal symptoms. A patient’s Butrans dosage levels or treatment schedule should never be adjusted without the overseeing doctor’s permission.
If you stop taking Butrans, you may notice withdrawal symptoms similar to those of opioid withdrawal. Butrans withdrawal symptoms include agitation, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, hyperkinesia, tremors and gastrointestinal disorders. To best avoid Butran withdrawal symptoms, talk to your doctor about gradually lowering your dose over time. Stopping Butrans treatment cold turkey is never recommended, as this can result in severe withdrawal symptoms.
In most cases, Butrans withdrawal symptoms appear two days after you have stopped taking the medication and may last as long as two weeks. It should be noted, however, that this timeline is not the same for everyone. Each patient has a unique physiology which contributes to the speed at which Butrans is removed from the body. Factors that could influence your Butrans withdrawal timeline and symptom durations are how long you have been taking the medication and your dosage levels.
If you are having trouble managing withdrawal symptoms of Butrans, you may want to seek a medically assisted detoxification program. In this program, patients have access to medical professionals who help patients cope with individual withdrawal challenges. Do not be afraid to ask for help during this crucial time. All patients experience Butrans withdrawal differently, and the most important part of detoxification is that it is completed safely.
Be sure to keep an updated list of your current prescriptions, including any herbal products or over-the-counter drugs, and share this list with your doctor. This is important because some substances have the potential to negatively interact with Butrans or reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Do not start any new medications without first consulting your doctor.
Products which may interact with Butrans are pain medications such as pentazocine, nalbuphine, butorphanol, and naltrexone.
Using products which may cause drowsiness or breathing problems may also increase your risk for serious Butrans side effects. Notify your doctor or pharmacist if you take the following products: cough relievers, codeine, hydrocodone, alcohol, cannabis, alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem, carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine, cetirizine, and diphenhydramine.
Choosing a Butrans center to suit your needs is an important step in your journey to long-term recovery. To make an informed decision, set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss your desired or necessary features in a Butrans center. You should also review important factors in your relationship to Butrans, like how long you have been taking the medication and your dosage levels at the time of this conversation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Butrans addiction or another type of substance use disorder, get help right away. The Recovery Village has a wide variety of resources and programs to support people seeking assistance. To learn more about these lifesaving offerings, you can go online and visit www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our toll-free hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, at 855-548-9825.
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