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

You may be able to use Butrans (buprenorphine) if you have a history of thyroid problems, but your doctor is likely to use extra caution in prescribing it. Butrans is a seven-day patch that delivers an opioid painkiller around the clock to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain. It can cause respiratory depression, which can be dangerous. Hypothyroidism -- underactive thyroid -- raises the risk of this adverse reaction, so your doctor will take it into account while prescribing.

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