Butorphanol

Generic Name: Butorphanol

  • What is Butorphanol?

    Butorphanol is a narcotic pain medicine used to manage pain. In addition, butorphanol is used before surgery or with other medications for anesthesia. It is also used for the relief of pain during labor. Butorphanol is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

    Butorphanol is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Butorphanol?

    Butorphanol has abuse potential. Mental and physical dependence can occur with the use of butorphanol when it is used improperly for long periods of time.

    Butorphanol can impair your mental and physical abilities. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how butorphanol affects you. Also, do not drink alcohol or take other medications that can affect your brain function (such as medications that make you drowsy and narcotic painkillers) while using butorphanol.

  • Who should not take Butorphanol?

    Your doctor will not administer butorphanol if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to the preservative benzethonium chloride.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Butorphanol?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with butorphanol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have breathing problems; brain problems or head injury; liver or kidney problems; heart problems or low blood pressure; history of or a present drug abuse or addiction problem; a family history of drug abuse or addiction problem; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Butorphanol?

    Your doctor will administer butorphanol to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Butorphanol?

    Do not miss your follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Butorphanol?

    If butorphanol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with butorphanol: alcohol, antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine), or other medications that slow down your brain function (such as alprazolam or phenobarbital).

  • What are the possible side effects of Butorphanol?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: anxiety, blurred vision, confusion, constipation, cough, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, ear pain, headache, irregular heartbeat, itchiness, loss of appetite, nausea, shortness of breath, stomach pain, sweating, vomiting, weakness

  • Can I receive Butorphanol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of butorphanol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Butorphanol can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Butorphanol?

    Butorphanol should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Butorphanol?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.