Can I use Butrans if I have a history of respiratory problems?

Some people with a history of respiratory problems may be able to use Butrans (buprenorphine), but you should make sure your doctor is aware of your condition before you start. People with severe lung or respiratory problems should not use this drug. Butrans is a seven-day patch that releases an opioid for round-the-clock treatment of moderate to severe pain. Like many opioid narcotics, it slows breathing and can cause respiratory distress. If you already have respiratory distress or severe or acute asthma, using Butrans can cause serious or even fatal problems.

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