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Butrans Transdermal Patch Need Advise

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    Posted: Jun/21/2018 at 11:13am
Hi, This is my 1st post. My pain doc put me on Butrans patch 10 mcg only 5 weeks agp. He said I could take patch off without weaning. That would be good because I’ve entered into the coverage gap on my Medicare drug plan. I didn’t understand how they calculated costs; my fault. Has anyone gone off cold turkey after a short time on the patch and could share their experience?   I have Vicodin that I can use to supplement.

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Hi Kath and welcome here

Ideally I would prefer to go from the 10mcg to 7.5 mcg and then 5 mcg and off the Butrans. Even just 5 weeks is long enough for you to become physically dependent.

If this is just not possible, and you are forced to stop abruptly, you may or may not experience signs of withdrawal such as nausea and diarrhea—flu like symptoms. I used MMJ when I weaned off Oxycodone for symptoms if that’s a possibility for you. While the Vicodin may help you you are basically trading one opioid for another.

I’d talk to my GP again to make sure he can’t give you the lowest dose possible to wean off. If not, have MMJ if possible and take a very good multi Vitamin B vitamin regularly which was recommended to me by my MMJ Dr when I weaned off (too quickly). But again, please call your GP again for his concurrence because we all react differently to this and I can’t in good conscience tell anyone to just stop anything cold turkey.

I’m sorry that I can’t give you a better answer but please do keep us posted on how you are doing and again welcome.

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