Butrans Side Effects
While most people do not experience any problems while using Butrans, side effects are still possible with this skin patch. Some of the most common reactions can include nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Although most side effects of the patch do not require medical attention, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience seizures, hallucinations, difficulty breathing, or other potentially serious problems.
Just like any medicine, Butrans® (buprenorphine patch) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Butrans. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Butrans has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using the patches were documented and then compared to those that occurred in another group of people using a placebo patch (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 side effects of Butrans 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 reactions, 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
- Increased sweating
- General itching
- Pain in an arm or leg
- Shortness of breath
- Urinary tract infection (UTI), such as a bladder infection
- Back pain
- Joint swelling
- Decreased sensations
- Abdominal (stomach) discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual sensations, such as tingling, burning, or pricking
- Shakiness (tremors).