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Stadol Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Stadol
Generic Name: butorphanol (injection) (Pronunciation: byoo TOR fa nole)
- 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 is butorphanol (Stadol)?
Butorphanol is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Butorphanol is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is also used as part of anesthesia for surgery, or during early labor (if childbirth is expected to be more than 4 hours away).
Butorphanol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of butorphanol (Stadol)?
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.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
- shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
- cold, clammy skin;
- problems with urination;
- confusion, feeling like you are floating;
- feeling like you might pass out; or
- dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, ringing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, trouble breathing, seizure).
Less serious side effects include:
- drowsiness, dizziness;
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
- dry mouth; or
- warmth or redness under the skin.
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.
Read the Stadol (butorphanol tartrate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about butorphanol (Stadol)?
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. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not drink alcohol while you are using butorphanol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how butorphanol will affect you.
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.
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.
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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