What to Expect When Starting Butrans Treatment
The first time you apply Butrans, or at any dosage increase, it can take up to 3 days for your body to absorb enough of the medicine in the patch for Butrans to reach steady levels in your body. If you think you are not getting enough pain relief or if your pain increases during this period, contact your healthcare professional.
Do not change your dose unless directed by your healthcare professional.
Continuing treatment with Butrans
As you continue on your Butrans treatment, it is important that you communicate with your healthcare professional and let him or her know how your treatment is going, especially as you get started.
Follow-up visits are a great time to have these discussions.
Let your healthcare professional know if you think that you are not getting enough pain relief or if you experience pain flare-ups. Your healthcare professional may decide to increase your Butrans dose, or prescribe you an additional pain medication to take.
Your healthcare professional will make this decision after waiting at least 72 hours.
It is important to remember that it can take up to 3 days for your new Butrans patch to reach steady levels in your body.
Be sure to let your healthcare professional know if you experience any side effects with your Butrans therapy. Do not stop taking Butrans until you talk to your healthcare professional.
Your healthcare professional may decide to decrease your Butrans dose in an effort to minimize unwanted side effects.