Someone once said "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger."
What doesn't kill you probably leaves you with enough chronic pain that you kinda wish it had,lol.
That said, on the edge is living, all the rest is just waiting around to die.
i use the Norspan patches, i find them pretty good, and my skin is so tough now, i barely get a red mark when they come off, im on 25mg, i also use Temgesic which is pretty much same drug but fast acting, it is sub-lingual, i use this for my bad days, again i find them pretty good
I know your topic is an oldish one, but as your original post makes reference to buprenorphine only coming as patches or injections, I thought I’d chip in and add (as Pam has also said above) that it comes as sublingual tablets as well. This is my main breakthrough med, as I’m unable to tolerate anything orally and I’m severely allergic to adhesives (haven’t tried the norspan patches, but fentanyl patches and most/all adhesive leave me with deep blisters).
Temgesic (the sublingual bupe) is fairly useful for me. It’s not great if my pain is already out of control, but it’s pretty effective in holding off a flare, particularly in combo with paracetamol (in my case, liquid via jejunostomy tube, but I don’t see that regular oral paracetamol would be any different.