What is Belbuca?

Belbuca (buprenorphine) is a powerful opioid painkiller for the management of severe, constant pain that cannot be managed by nonopioid painkillers. Belbuca comes in a film that is applied on the inside of the cheek, twice a day. The film dissolves within half an hour. Patients must avoid eating or drinking until the film has dissolved. Side effects may include gastrointestinal problems (constipation, nausea, etc.), seizures in patients with seizure disorders, poor motor control, and sleepiness. Opioid painkillers have a serious risk of addiction, overdose, and may cause life-threatening breathing problems, especially if combined with other depressants like alcohol. Pregnant women, nursing mothers, and patients with severe asthma, a history of substance abuse problems, gastrointestinal blockage, or sensitivity or allergy to buprenorphine may be cautioned against taking Belbuca. 

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