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Buprenorphine Patch Side Effects

Common Side Effects

The buprenorphine patch has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using buprenorphine patches were documented and then compared to those that occurred in another group of people using a placebo (a patch that did not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group using the placebo patch.
 
The most common reactions to buprenorphine patches included:
 
  • Nausea -- in up to 23 percent of people
  • Headaches -- up to 16 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 16 percent
  • Itching at the application site -- up to 15 percent
  • Drowsiness -- up to 14 percent
  • Constipation -- up to 14 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 11 percent.
 
Other common problems, occurring in 2 to 7 percent of people, included:
 
  • Redness, irritation, or rash at the application site
  • Swelling or water retention in the hands, legs, or feet
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Increased sweating
  • General itching
  • Falling
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in an arm or leg
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection
  • Back pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Decreased sensations
  • Abdominal (stomach) discomfort
  • Rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual sensations, such as tingling, burning, or pricking
  • Shakiness (tremors).
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using a buprenorphine patch or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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