What Is The Generic Name For Butrans?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 14, 2021

The generic name for Butrans is buprenorphine. The buprenorphine transdermal system offers the same level of pain relief as brand-name Butrans, but may be limited by availability and insurance coverage.

What Is The Generic Version Of Butrans?

The generic name for Butrans patch is buprenorphine.

Both the generic and brand-name versions of buprenorphine patches are useful treatment methods for chronic pain and treating withdrawal from opioids.

Learn more about the benefits of using Butrans patches for opioid withdrawal

When Was The Generic For Butrans Approved?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the generic form of Butrans patches in 2020 and was manufactured by Amneal Pharmaceuticals.

The FDA-approved the following doses of the generic form of Butrans:

  • 5 micrograms (mcg)/ hour (hr)
  • 7.5 mcg/hr
  • 10 mcg/hr
  • 15 mcg/hr
  • 20 mcg/hr

The generic patches are approved for long-term opioid treatment and severe, around-the-clock pain.

Generic-Name Butrans Vs Name-Brand Butrans

Both generic and brand-name buprenorphine patches are available in 5, 7.5, 10, 15, and 20 mcg/hr doses.

While the brand-name and generic forms of Butrans are effective medications, there are a few differences to note between the two.


One of the benefits of choosing generic Butrans is the difference in pricing between generic and brand-name patches.

While brand-name Butrans can cost upwards of $300 (closer to $900 for the highest dosage), the generic form of Butrans is much more cost-effective.

Generic buprenorphine patches cost as low as $60 for a four-pack of 5 mcg/hr of patches. The 20 mcg/hr patches are around $200 and are still significantly cheaper than brand-name Butrans.


Ohio Recovery Center


Plymouth, Massachusetts

Availability Of Generic Buprenorphine Patches

Since the generic form of Butrans was only developed in 2020, the generic form of Butrans patches has not reached every pharmacy and region across the U.S. yet.

For many locations, only the brand name of Butrans patches is available. However, generic buprenorphine patches are continuing to commercialize and spread to more locations.

Insurance Coverage For Generic Buprenorphine Patches

Not all insurance companies extend coverage to generic-form buprenorphine patches. Part of the reasoning for this is because the generic form is not available everywhere.

Depending on the state you live in and the specific health insurance plan you have, the insurance provider may only cover Butrans patches.

Is One Medication More Effective Than The Other?

There are differences between the generic and brand-name versions of Butrans in terms of availability, pricing, coverage by insurance, and other factors.

However, both of these medications serve the same purpose and have the same level of effectiveness.

Butrans is a patch containing buprenorphine, and the generic version is also a patch containing buprenorphine.

Get Butrans Treatment Today

For anyone struggling with chronic pain, or the uncomfortable symptoms of opioid withdrawal, buprenorphine patches may be the right option.

Call our helpline today and we’ll connect you with a network of specialists, rehab centers, and resources to find both brand-name and generic Butrans treatment.

These patches are best administered under the guidance and care of an addiction treatment center. To learn more about treatment options for opioid addiction, reach out to us.

This page does not provide medical advice. See more

Addiction Resource aims to provide only the most current, accurate information in regards to addiction and addiction treatment, which means we only reference the most credible sources available.

These include peer-reviewed journals, government entities and academic institutions, and leaders in addiction healthcare and advocacy. Learn more about how we safeguard our content by viewing our editorial policy.

  • Was this Helpful?
  • YesNo
Medically Reviewed by
Johnelle Smith, M.D. on July 14, 2021


Canton, Massachusetts

Bedrock Recovery Center


Levels of Care:

Payment Options: Insurance Accepted, Self Pay

View Center Profile


Plymouth, Massachusetts

Ohio Recovery Center


Levels of Care:

Payment Options: Insurance Accepted, Self Pay

View Center Profile

Spring Hill Recovery Center

Ashby, Massachusetts


Addiction Resource Logo
Addiction Resource