Can Butrans interact with other medications or foods?

Butrans (buprenorphine), a time-release patch that is prescribed for round-the-clock relief of chronic pain, interacts with many medications. It depresses the central nervous system, slowing your heartbeat and breathing, and taking it along with other drugs that also depress the central nervous system can be dangerous. Such drugs can be over-the-counter or prescription and include sleeping pills, certain antihistamines, antianxiety drugs, sedatives, antinausea drugs, certain heart drugs and others. Butrans may also interact negatively with certain drugs used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

There is a long list, so the best thing to do is to discuss any medications you are taking, including over-the-counter ones and dietary or herbal supplements, with your doctor before starting to use Butrans. You should not drink alcohol while using Butrans, because alcohol also depresses your central nervous system. There are no food restrictions when using Butrans.

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