What Belbuca is used for and how to use it
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Belbuca - Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Country: United States
Condition: Chronic Pain, Pain
Class: Narcotic analgesics
Form: Skin patch (transdermal), Powder
Ingredients: buprenorphine hydrochloride, carboxymethylcellulose sodium USP, citric acid anhydrous USP, hydroxyethylcellulose NF, hydroxypropylcellulose NF, methylparaben NF, monobasic sodium phosphate anhydrous USP, peppermint oil NF, polycarbophil USP, propylene glycol USP, propylparaben NF, sodium benzoate NF, sodium hydroxide NF, saccharin sodium NF, titanium dioxide USP, vitamin E acetate USP, yellow iron oxide, purified water USP, and TekPrint SW-9008 black ink (shellac NF, black iron oxide NF)

(bel-BUE-kuh)

(buprenorphine) buccal film, CIII

Belbuca Is

  • A strong prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid (narcotic) that is used to manage pain severe enough to require daily around-the-clock, long-term treatment with an opioid, when other pain treatments such as non-opioid pain medicines or immediate-release opioid medicines do not treat your pain well enough or you cannot tolerate them.
  • A long-acting opioid pain medicine that can put you at risk for overdose and death. Even if you take your dose correctly as prescribed, you are at risk for opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse that can lead to death.
  • Not for use to treat pain that is not around-the-clock.

Important Information About Belbuca

  • Get emergency help right away if you take too much BELBUCA (overdose). When you first start taking BELBUCA, when your dose is changed, or if you take too much (overdose), serious or life-threatening breathing problems that can lead to death may occur.
  • Never give anyone else your BELBUCA. They could die from taking it. Store BELBUCA away from children and in a safe place to prevent stealing or abuse. Selling or giving away BELBUCA is against the law.

Do not Use Belbuca if You Have

  • severe asthma, trouble breathing, or other lung problems.
  • a bowel blockage or have narrowing of the stomach or intestines.

Before Applying Belbuca, Tell Your Healthcare Provider if You Have a History Of

  • head injury, seizures
  • heart rhythm problems (long QT syndrome)
  • liver, kidney, thyroid problems
  • pancreas or gallbladder problems
  • problems urinating
  • abuse of street or prescription drugs, alcohol addiction, or mental health problems.

Tell Your Healthcare Provider if You Are

  • pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Prolonged use of BELBUCA during pregnancy can cause withdrawal symptoms in your newborn baby that could be life-threatening if not recognized and treated.
  • breastfeeding. Not recommended during treatment with BELBUCA. It may harm your baby.
  • taking prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements. Taking BELBUCA with certain other medicines can cause serious side effects and could lead to death.

While Uusing Belbuca

  • Do not change your dose. Apply BELBUCA exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • See the detailed Instructions for Use for information about how to apply BELBUCA.
  • Do not apply BELBUCA if the package seal is broken or the film is cut, damaged, or changed in any way.
  • After the film has adhered to your cheek, avoid eating or drinking until the film has completely dissolved, usually within 30 minutes.
  • Avoid touching or moving the buccal film with your tongue or fingers.
  • Call your healthcare provider if the dose you are using does not control your pain.
  • Do not stop using BELBUCA without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • After you stop using BELBUCA, remove any unused film from the foil pack and flush down the toilet. Throw the empty foil packaging in the trash.

While Using Belbuca DO NOT

  • Drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how BELBUCA affects you.  BELBUCA can make you sleepy, dizzy, or lightheaded.
  • Drink alcohol or use prescription or over-the-counter medicines containing alcohol. Using products containing alcohol during treatment with BELBUCA may cause you to overdose and die.

The Possible Side Effects of Belbuca Are

  • nausea, constipation,  headache, vomiting, dizziness, and sleepiness.   Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms and they are severe.

Get Emergency Medical Help if You Have

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, chest pain, swelling of your face, tongue or throat, extreme drowsiness, light-headedness when changing positions, or you are feeling faint.

These are not all the possible side effects of BELBUCA. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. For more information go to dailymed.nlm.nih.gov

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Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Malvern, PA 19355, www.endo.com or call 1-800-462-3636.