Buprenorphine patch should be used as prescribed by the doctor. The usual dose is one patch once a week, changed at the same day per week.
Buprenorphine patch should be:
upper arm, upper chest, upper back, or sides of the chest which are relatively hairless. If necessary, the hair at the site should be clipped, not shaven. Avoid skin which is red, irritated or has any other blemishes, for instance large scars.
Application site must be cleaned with clean water only. Soaps, alcohol, oils, lotions, or rubbing devices should not be used. Ensure that the skin is completely dry before applying the patch.
Open the pouch just before applying the patch. Carefully peel off
half the foil. Avoid touching the sticky part of the patch.
Attach the patch to the site and remove the remaining foil.
Press the patch with your hand for approximately 30 seconds to ensure that the whole patch is in contact with your skin.
Avoid exposing the application site to direct external heat sources as this may lead to an undesirably greater effect of the medication which may lead to side effects.
Stick a new patch on as soon as you remember. Take note of the date and time, as your usual day of changing may now be different. Do not apply additional patches to make up for the missed application. Do not stop treatment without consulting a doctor.
If you feel agitated, anxious, and shaky or have difficulty sleeping after stopping the medication, tell your doctor. Do not start another strong painkiller within 24 hours after removal of the patch without consultation with your doctor as there is a residual pain relieving effect of the patch.
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