Switching from Butrans Patch to Suboxone? Nervous.

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/18/2012 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.

I am wondering if anyone has ever switched from Butrans Patch to Suboxone? I have been on Butrans 20ml patch for about a year, changing it every 5-6 days.

The problem is that it has stopped working since the summer weather (patch is not suppose to be exposed to hot or sweat) and me being in the pool 3-5 times a week started. (I tried tegaderm, but I have an allergic reaction to the Tegaderm, and the sweat stays under the tegaderm and patch and makes me itch like crazy!) I tried to get my PCP to Rx the oral form of the patch which would be Subutex, but he would not.

So, I found a Suboxone Doc in my area. I saw him last week and he is starting me in his Suboxone clinic. I have to attend a group every week and get my RX updated weekly.

I have to say, I am a bit nervous about the naoloxone part of things. I just don't know what to expect. Will this affect my other medications (like my Klonopin or Adderall)? Will I be in more pain? I know the oral med's are stronger than the patch, but with bupreorphine, that is not always a good thing?

I have found plenty of discussions of people going from suboxone to the patch but not the other way around. I would appreciate ANY input you can offer, or discussions to direct me to.

I have plenty of patches, but even knowing that, I am nervous. My pain has been increasing for about 3 weeks and I am hoping I will find some relief soon.

Thanks so much for any help or direction you can offer.....

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 6/18/2012 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope it goes well. I am on Butran as well, I did learn that I can only wear it on my upper arms, on my chest or back itches and does not work as well. But my upper arms work great! I hope your new meds help you!
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