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Stadol Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is butorphanol (Stadol)?
- What are the possible side effects of butorphanol (Stadol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about butorphanol (Stadol)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using butorphanol (Stadol)?
- How should I use butorphanol (Stadol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Stadol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Stadol)?
- What should I avoid while using butorphanol (Stadol)?
- What other drugs will affect butorphanol (Stadol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using butorphanol (Stadol)?
Do not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine.
You should not use butorphanol if you have recently used narcotic medications and have become dependent on them.
Butorphanol may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share butorphanol with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
To make sure you can safely use butorphanol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, or other breathing disorders;
- liver or kidney disease;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- heart disease, high blood pressure, recent heart attack;
- mental illness; or
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether butorphanol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using butorphanol.
Butorphanol is sometimes used during early labor, but using it just before childbirth can cause breathing problems in a newborn.
Butorphanol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
How should I use butorphanol (Stadol)?
Use exactly as prescribed. Never use butorphanol in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.
Butorphanol is injected into a muscle or into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not stop using butorphanol suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using butorphanol.
Store butorphanol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Stadol Information
- Stadol Drug Interactions Center: butorphanol tartrate inj
- Stadol Side Effects Center
- Stadol FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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