Can I use Butrans if I am obese?

You may be able to use Butrans (buprenorphine) if you are obese, but your doctor is likely to monitor you particularly carefully. Butrans, a seven-day opioid patch for round-the-clock relief of moderate to severe pain, can depress breathing. Obesity raises the risk of sleep apnea, a condition in which you stop breathing for several seconds at a time during sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you may be at particular risk when using Butrans. If you have any concerns about how your weight might affect your safety when using Butrans, talk with your doctor.

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