Many people are afraid of what is going to happen to them if they suddenly stop taking pain medications that contain hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, fentanyl, methadone, and buprenorphine. Feeling sick and off balance when one suddenly stops using or doing something is not exclusive to the opioid medications, but opioid withdrawals are the most common form of withdrawal symptoms facing Americans today. Let’s answer some questions that might be on your mind.
What are withdrawals?
Withdrawal symptoms are what your body feels when something that is used or done is suddenly stopped. Your mind starts screaming, “Hey, what just happened here?! I was kind of used to that and I want it back!” This physical feeling can occur if you suddenly stop drinking coffee, stop exercising or stop taking pills. If you suddenly stop something, you might feel some withdrawal symptoms.
Will I feel withdrawals if I stop taking my pills?
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The FDA has approved Butrans™ (buprenorphine) Transdermal System CIII for the management of moderate to severe chronic pain in patients requiring a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic for an extended period of time. The Butrans Transdermal System is an analgesic product that delivers a continuous release of medication for seven days. Butrans is an opioid and is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance. That means there is some potential for abuse, but less than for Schedule II drugs like oxycodone and morphine. It can also be prescribed with up to five refills. Three strengths of Butrans are available: 5, 10, and 20 mcg/hour; each single patch is intended to be worn for seven days. It is recommended for patients who need 80 mg/day or less of morphine-equivalent opioid medication. Note: The use of other extended-release opioids must be reduced before starting buprenorphine treatment.
No more than one 20 mcg/hour patch...
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