The buprenorphine patch is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate-to-severe chronic pain. This medicated skin patch contains an opioid narcotic and does have the potential for abuse. This patch is applied to the skin every seven days and provides continuous, around-the-clock pain relief. Side effects may include nausea, dizziness, and headaches.
What Is Buprenorphine Patch?
The buprenorphine patch (Butrans®) is a long-acting prescription opioid narcotic used to treat moderate-to-severe chronic (long-lasting) pain. It should be used only when around-the-clock (continuous) pain relief is needed. It comes in the form of a patch that is applied to the skin just once a week.
The buprenorphine patch is a Schedule III controlled substance, which means there are strict laws and regulations controlling its use. Schedule III medications such as the buprenorphine patch are considered to have less potential for abuse, compared with Schedule II medications like morphine or oxycodone.
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