Why do I need this medicine?
Buprenorphine is used to treat severe chronic (long-term) pain.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Buprenorphine patch on your skin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not apply more or less than instructed by your doctor. Do not use it for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
Instructions for application:
1. Remove the patch from the protective foil pouch and peel away half of the liner. Do not touch the sticky side with your fingers.
2. Apply the patch to a clean, dry area. You can choose any area on your stomach, hip, thigh, shoulder, upper arm or flank (side of the body between the ribs and pelvis). Make sure that the area of skin is not oily, cut, blistered or irritated. The skin should be free of any powder, creams or lotions. If the area of skin is hairy, you should shave the area at least 3 days before you apply the patch. Do not put the patch near the waistline or where your belt or clothes may rub against it.
3. Peel away the other half of the liner. Press firmly on the skin for 20-30 seconds to ensure that the patch stays on the skin.
4. Replace the patch every 7 days. Do not apply the Buprenorphine patch to the same area of skin for at least the next 2 applications.
5. Throw away the used patch by folding the sticky sides together and putting it in a rubbish bin. Do not throw it into the toilet bowl.
Avoid applying on skin that is red, inflammed, irritated or scarred.
If this patch falls off, apply a new patch to a new area of skin and change the patch at the usual time.
If the side of the patch lifts up, use a plaster or bandage to secure it to your skin.
Buprenorphine patch must be used regularly for it to be effective. Continue using Buprenorphine patch even when you feel better. Do not stop using it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.