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Levo Dromoran Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Levo Dromoran (levorphanol tartrate) is a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine, used to treat moderate to severe pain. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, headache, fatigue, dry mouth, sweating, and itching.
The recommended dosage of Levo Dromoran depends on whether it is in tablet or injectable form, as directed by your doctor. Levo Dromoran may interact with other medications for pain, MAO inhibitors, naltrexone, and cimetidine. Tell your doctor all medications you take. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision while taking Levo Dromoran. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Levo Dromoran should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Levo Dromoran passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Our Levo Dromoran (levorphanol tartrate) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is Patient Information in Detail?
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Levo Dromoran in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
- seizure (convulsions);
- cold, clammy skin;
- severe weakness or dizziness; or
- feeling light-headed, fainting.
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
- nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite;
- dizziness, headache, tired feeling;
- dry mouth;
- urinating less than usual; or
- loss of interest in sex.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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What is Patient Information Overview?
A concise overview of the drug for the patient or caregiver from First DataBank.
Levo Dromoran Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber, drink plenty of water, and exercise. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (e.g., stimulant-type with stool softener).
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, depression, abnormal thoughts), fainting, trouble urinating.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, change in the amount of urine, seizures, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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What is Prescribing information?
The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.
Levo Dromoran FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
In approximately 1400 patients treated with Levo-Dromoran (levorphanol) in controlled clinical trials, the type and incidence of side effects were those expected of an opioid analgesic, and no unforeseen or unusual toxicity was reported.
Drugs of this type are expected to produce a cluster of typical opioid effects in addition to analgesia, consisting of nausea, vomiting, altered mood and mentation, pruritus, flushing, difficulties in urination, constipation and biliary spasm. The frequency and intensity of these effects appears to be dose related. Although listed as adverse events these are expected pharmacologic actions of these drugs and should be interpreted as such by the clinician.
The following adverse events have been reported with the use of Levo-Dromoran (levorphanol) :
Digestive System: nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, biliary tract spasm
Nervous System: coma, suicide attempt, convulsions, depression, dizziness, confusion, lethargy, abnormal dreams, abnormal thinking, nervousness, drug withdrawal, hypokinesia, dyskinesia, hyperkinesia, CNS stimulation, personality disorder, amnesia, insomnia
Special Senses: abnormal vision, pupillary disorder, diplopia
Urogenital System: kidney failure, urinary retention, difficulty urinating
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Warning: May be Habit Forming
Levo-Dromoran (levorphanol) is a Schedule II Controlled Substance. All drugs of this class (mu-opioids of the morphine type) are habit forming and should be stored, prescribed, used and disposed of accordingly. Psychological/physical dependence and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration of Levo-Dromoran (levorphanol) .
Discontinuation of Levo-Dromoran (levorphanol) after chronic use has been reported to result in withdrawal syndromes, and some reports of overuse and self-reported addiction have been received. Neither withdrawal nor withdrawal symptoms are usually expected in postoperative patients who used the drug for less than a week or in patients who are gradually tapered off the drug after longer use.
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Additional Levo Dromoran Information
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