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Comment from: sillyworm, 55-64 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: February 02

I've been taking Vicodin/Vicoprofen(160 a month/and for a short time OXYCOTIN 5mg(180 a month) for chronic lower back pain(bulging disc) and chronic shoulder muscle pain (associated with muscles that NEVER relax) for over 16 years.I started out just using 1 Vicodin a day to help with sleeping.24 years of factory work has taken it's toll.My longtime doctor just ended his practice.I was feeling nervous(of course) having to search out a new doctor...knowing how many feel about prescibing Opiods.The new doctor(and I've read this) suggested a time release patch BUTRANS 10mcg. I tried and it worked WELL....esp with sleeping.She also prescribes 60 Vicoprofens a month.I had been off work 8 months..upon returning..the pain level(after a 9 hr day) was unbearable..a 10....She prescibed a 20mcg patch...I had to take an early retirement offer...unfortunately..I cannot do/bear the work load any longer. I am into my 2nd week on the 20mcg patch....I am thinking that it is TOO MUCH...I get warm flashes,my stomach is mildly upset...fatigue,drowsiness...and focus/"want to get things done" issues esp in the evening.I'm going to ask to go back to the 10 mcg patch & 60-100 Vicoprofens a month. Now that I'm retired I plan on persuing an aggressive NATURAL "comeback"..Lots of exercise and decreasing sugar intake. I would reccomend trying the Butrans patch..no more COUNTING PILLS till next prescription!!!!!

Related Reading: Vicoprofen | muscle pain | fatigue

Comment from: BodyBeBetter, 45-54 on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: January 18

I just started on a Butrans patch after using Tramadol for about 8 or 9 months. I am also on a 400mg a day dose of Celebrex and am taking Plaquenil. Everything up to the patch helped a bit - more obviously if I didn't take them. Rather than feeling relief, I just don't hurt as badly. I started the patch at 5mcg a week ago. It didn't do much and the doctor said I could double up the patch after 48 hours (I waited 72) so now I am on 10mcg. I can't tell you how much it helps compared to the Tramadol. As someone said in a discussion on this site, I feel more "normal" and like me. I do still hurt and I'm a bit fearful of my normal activities or going back to physical therapy (where I was dismissed for not improving and always hurting worse) but, for now, this is the most optimistic I've felt about pain management in a while.

Related Reading: Celebrex | Plaquenil | pain management

Comment from: SnackyHat, 35-44 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: September 27

Had been taking 6-8 Norco per day for many years to combat chronic low back pain. A new doc switched me to Butrans 5 months ago - first at the 5, then upped to the 10. Thanks doc!!! This patch has been a godsend - excellent pain relief with few side effects. The long-term nature of the medicine finally lets me sleep through the night (previously would wake when Norco wore off). I still take 1-2 Norco per day for breakthrough pain - I take half-pills at a time - but the patch has made a huge difference and neither doc or I think it is worth changing to the 20. Have seen lots of information about this making other opioids less effective but I will say for me it works well in conjunction with the Norco. Only side effect has been sleepiness, which the Norco gave me anyway. The difference is that the sleepiness is more constant since this medicine delivery is more constant, but the good FAR outweighs the bad. Butrans gets "Two thumbs up" from me!

Related Reading: Norco | sleep

Comment from: GMCP69, 45-54 Female on Treatment for 1-6 months (Patient) Published: September 14

I am on my 4th week of it and have noted the following: The patches do start wearing down by day 5 and are dead by 7. Also they are not that water proof as said. When I apply mine, I also put a 2 3/8 x 4 inch nexcare waterproof transparent dressing over it and it keeps it dry for the entire week. I discovered this by trail and error. My first attempt at wearing one resulted in the patch edges peeling really bad by day 5. This patch has been a blessing to the arthritis in my hip and both bands. I have been very pleased with it. My only other complaint is the bloody insurance company placed it in their tier 4 formulary do they make me pay more for it. But it is worth it.

Related Reading: arthritis

Comment from: NJ_Phil, 45-54 Female on Treatment for less than 1 month (Patient) Published: September 09

Was taking 2 15mg OxyCodone per day for 1 year. Felt like I was in a fog and wanted off that stuff so I tapered to 1/2 per day and switched to 10mcg Butrans. What a difference...mind is clear, no more lower back pain after 10+ years, no more thinking about the next pill, no feeling of dependency. I'm on day 5 of the 1st patch and felt relief on day 2. Let's hope it continues to work well.


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