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equusdbzeequusdbz Posts: 1
edited 05/25/2015 - 7:59 PM in Pain Medications
Hello... just joined this great site, I have a question about the buprenorphine patch. Is it necessary for doctors to have special certification to write 'scripts for this patch? Have been prescribed Subutex in the past @ 32mg/day for treatment of severe, intractable chronic pain, NOT opioid addiction. According to the research I've done, Butrans is much more appropriate for treating my chronic pain than Subutex. Also, because Subutex/Suboxone is used to treat addiction, NOT pain, I was assumed to be an addict rather than a chronic pain patient. This caused many problems for me while taking Subutex. What a stigma! Thank you in advance to anyone that can answer my question ☺


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,433
    Were you being treated by pain management doctor when you felt the stigma of being an addict?
    Did your doctor treat you as an addict? ..or the people in your life?

    My pain management doctor mentioned methadone for possible med in future for pain control. That also used for addicts...but that is not what he meant, as meds are used for different purposes. But when I mentioned to a couple of my friends, their eyes got big. Unless you live the pain, I think near impossible to understand. Their misunderstanding would not cause me to feel bad as an addict. I know the truth.

    I don't know about doctors needing certificate.....but I know my primary doctor was not comfortable with monitoring my pain control. When she referred me out to PM/ neurologist for my pain...that best thing to happen with me.
    My primary wanted to see me each time the pain became intolerable, so she could evaluate before medicating...or I had to go to ER.

    The specialist of PM doc has helped me become stable and has kept me out of the ER. I am thankful for specialists.

    Researching info on medications you are taking...it's good to know what you are taking....but to compare and "learn"about meds that may be better for you...isn't always best.
    The doctors have spent years researching and continue to research in their specialties to continue to do what is best for patients. They have also discovered meds originally indicated for one condition has been found to work in another.
    Ex, my doc said Cymbalta originally for depression found to be helpful in pain management...for some people.

    Since I know best what is going on with my body, I tell doctor all symptoms and effect of meds prescribed.
    Then he decides if change is necessary, or not yet. I trust him in his guidance and or reassurance to me.

    Good luck to you
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  • Hello, I am came across this site looking for relief from the Butrans patch side effects I guess I can call it that. I think the patch is wonderful, first of all let me say I've had 4 back surgeries and I've been on different type of meds. however, I think this is the best so far although there is still some pain. I wanted to know if anyone can tell me what they use to relieve soreness which red from the patch. I change them on time and everything is done correctly. I appreciate anyones feedback. Thank you in advance
  • sandi123ssandi123 Posts: 456
    edited 06/12/2015 - 1:14 PM
    Not a cream seems to help prevent the red itchy area from occurring.
    You have to let it completely dry, then apply the patch.

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