Don't Jump to Belbuca Before Non-Opioids for Chronic Pain
Belbuca (bel-BYOO-kuh) buccal film will join the Butrans patch as another buprenorphine product approved for chronic pain.
Buprenorphine is a C-III...may have lower abuse potential than other opioids...and cause fewer withdrawal symptoms when it's stopped.
Buprenorphine may also be less risky in overdose. It's a partial agonist...and seems to hit a ceiling to limit respiratory depression.