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    Butrans withdrawl?
    Necymae posted:
    Hi I've been on butrans 10 mcg for 3 weeks. When it came time for my fourth patch I lost it. 2 days after It was due I thought I came down with the flu. My temp had been ranging 99-101.4.I've been unable to eat, vomiting, nauseous, had abdominal pain, headache, and diarrhea. Could this be from 2 days without a patch? I put the patch on today, if so, how long before these symptoms subside?
    An_260948 responded:
    sounds like withdrawal it is one of the worst things you can go thru withdrawal from some meds can kill you so check into a hospital to do it
    Peter Abaci, MD responded:
    Opiate withdrawal symptoms vary quite a bit from person to person. Typical symptoms can include feelings of anxiety, hot flashes, sweats, muscle aches, and insomnia. Withdrawal symptoms are usually associated with more long-term opiate use, as opposed to just taking pain pills for a few days after a dental procedure, as an example.

    With the Butrans patch, the active ingredient is buprenorphine. While buprenorphine is not a traditional opiate like hydrocodone or oxycodone, the sudden stopping of it can still precipitate pretty significant withdrawal symptoms. If you have been on opiate-based pain medications in the past and recently switched to the Butrans patch, then you may be more susceptible to feeling significant withdrawals after stopping the Butrans. Once the buprenorphine gets back into your system, the symptoms should go away.

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