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.

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