I found this in my Search Terms: “2015 more doctors using buprenorphine for chronic pain”
Yes, it’s true, bupe (and Suboxone) are being used to treat chronic pain, although it’s mostly with the transdermal system, not in pill form. There are different side effects with this type of delivery system, as explained by patients here:
It’s difficult to gauge the effectiveness of a pain medication when used in a placebo-controlled trial, even though that’s one of the only ways to obtain proof through “scientific evidence.” Seems almost cruel to make pain patients go without any type of pain medication throughout a research study. This is one of the many reasons there isn’t any long-term studies on treating chronic pain with opioid therapy.
(2004) Transdermal buprenorphine in the treatment of chronic pain
Patients’ assessments of pain intensity and pain relief suggested better analgesia with buprenorphine TES than with placebo, although the differences did not reach statistical significance…
(2002) Analgesic efficacy and tolerability of transdermal buprenorphine in patients with inadequately controlled chronic pain related to cancer and other disorders
A total of 43.5% of patients treated with buprenorphine TDS reported good or complete pain relief compared with 32.4% in the placebo group…
Sat, 09/13/2008 – 7:38am #1
Anonymous (not verified)
Suboxone for Pain Mgmt
Anyone else taking Suboxone for pain?
My Pain Mgmt Dr. just started me on Suboxone on Monday afternoon for pain relief from DDD, Stenosis and sciatic flareup.
Is anyone else currently prescribed Suboxone for their pain? I was curious as to the level of pain relief you are having and also what if any side effects are troublesome?
At first I had some dizziness and general feeling of being “Out of it”. Hard to focus. That is getting better each day. However, I still have a feeling of being high. Pain relief is very good….better than Vicodin.
Sun, 09/28/2008 – 11:07pm #6
Oh there are most definately withdrawals from it they are just more subtle than with straight opiates. A lot of people at my rehab had trouble with getting off suboxone with no opiates being taken for months. For me yes it did help a bit with pain but I was going through hellish opiate withdrawals which is what its made to combat. Honestly though yes im sure it helps with pain maybe on the level of tramadol