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Can I use Butrans if I have a history of low blood pressure?

You may be able to use Butrans (buprenorphine) if you have a history of low blood pressure, but your doctor is likely to take special precautions. Butrans is a seven-day skin patch that releases an opioid for the round-the-clock treatment of moderate to severe pain. It can greatly lower blood pressure, so it can be dangerous for people who already have low blood pressure or who are taking medications that cause low blood pressure.

If you have low blood pressure or are taking medications that lower blood pressure (either on purpose or as a side effect), your doctor may take that into account when prescribing Butrans. For example, he or she may start you off at a lower-than-normal dose and monitor how your blood pressure responds.

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