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Who should not use Butrans?

People with significant respiratory depression (breathing problems, such as those caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD) should not use Butrans (buprenorphine), a weekly skin patch that delivers a synthetic opiate narcotic to treat chronic pain. That's because opioids such as Butrans depress the central nervous system, slowing breathing, so people who already have breathing problems may be at high risk if they take it. For similar reasons, people with severe asthma should not use Butrans.

People suspected of having paralytic ileus, a form of intestinal blockage, should also steer clear of Butrans, which can sometimes cause paralytic ileus as a side effect. People with Long QT syndrome, a heart condition, should not take Butrans either.

Butrans is a patch that you wear for a week at a time, so it's not appropriate for people who need short-term acute pain relief or people who are getting outpatient or day surgery. It's not the right medication for the management of mild pain or pain that comes and goes (intermittent pain). If you have questions about whether Butrans is right for you, talk to your doctor.

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