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Butrans relief and pain at patch site?

I've been taking OxyContin three times a day since 2002 for Fibromyalgia. Monday my doctor prescribed Butrans because my breakthrough pain has been high. I've only received minimal pain relief the first 24 hours which I understand might take 3-30 days for any real relief. But the patch site on my shoulder is actually starting to ache some. Has anyone else experienced this?

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IV bn on 20mg butran patches for over a year and I find that they itch and leave dry patches were the patch has bn also I find that they don't help much with the pain goin back 2 doc to c wat else he can do for me as my symptoms hav got worse xox


hi i know every one is different as is always mentioned on this site and i do want to be as sensative as possible as not to upset or affend but i was on butran patches for nearly a year i started on 10mg and went up to 40mg 3patches on one arm aweek they used to itch like crazy and leave red sore patches my gp said 40mg was max he would give me as they stopped working i was at pain clinic yesterday and im down to try a lidocaine infusion it has a 20% chance of working but at the moment i have no quaility of llife im in violent pain all the time ive had enough even had thoughts of ending it all so anything is worth a try as over the last 10years ive tried every med available sorry to go on need to off load sometimes good luck with the patches take care jo x


hi, i tried butrans a couple of years ago, before i was even diagnosed with fibro, gp said just to see if they helped with pain, they didn't of course & also made me red & itchy so i was told to stop them. when i went to pain clinic which is where i was diagnosed,the pain man told me butrans do not help fibro pain x


Hi Jencgarland

I am so sorry to read that you have been experiencing a problem with your pain relief patches, and I genuinely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to this issue. I have pasted you a link that relates to information on butans patches, so I hope that you find this useful:

I think it would be a good idea to discuss the problem with your GP so they can assess the situation.

All my hopes and dreams for you



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