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When should I call my doctor if I am taking Butrans?

Butrans (buprenorphine), a prescription opioid weekly patch for chronic pain, can cause some serious side effects that should make you call your doctor or health professional right away. One of these is an allergic reaction, such as a rash, itching, hives, or swelling of the face, lips or tongue. Another is anxiety, irritability, nervousness or restlessness. Call your doctor if you have breathing problems, have cold or clammy skin or find yourself sweating excessively.

Other symptoms that should trigger an immediate call to your doctor include:
  • confusion
  • diarrhea
  • feeling faint or light-headed
  • falling
  • stomach pain or vomiting
  • ankle swelling
  • trouble passing urine or a change in the amount of urine
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin
If you are in severe distress, having trouble catching your breath, for instance, call for emergency medical help. In general, call your doctor if you have any symptoms that bother you or don't go away.

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