What is Butorphanol
Butorphanol (short for Butorphanol Tartare and long for Stadol) is a drug that produces many short-term and long-term side effects. It is classified as a narcotic drug, meaning that it is similar to drugs like morphine and other opioids. The brand name Stadol is no longer used, so the drug is only found in the generic form.
Stadol is most commonly used as a pain reliever, but it can also induce sleep. The drug is also used in anesthesia for surgery or during early labor. Stadol is consumed by either injecting it into a vein or muscle or used as a nasal spray.
Side Effects of Butorphanol
At first, Stadol can cause short-term side effects such as:
- Dry Mouth
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Changes in eating patterns
- Redness under skin
- Heat sensations
The more serious short-term side effects from Stadol may include (consult your doctor if you have the following symptoms):
- Heart palpitations
- Clammy skin
- Elevated blood pressure
- Shallow breathing
- Addiction or dependence
Can You Have an Allergic Reaction to Butorphanol?
If you experience unusual side effects when taking Stadol, you may be having an allergic reaction and need to get medical help right away. These symptoms may include:
- Swelling (throat, tongue, face, or lips)
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Uneven heartbeats
- Urination problems
- Feeling as though you might pass out
- High blood pressure
- Ringing in the ears
Who Should not Take Butorphanol?
People who drink alcohol — Stadol should not be mixed with alcohol. Side effects that are hazardous to your health may result in combining Stadol with alcoholic beverages.
People who use other medications — Sedatives, narcotics, muscle relaxers, or other drugs that cause sleepiness should not be mixed with Stadol. The combination of drugs could lead to coma or death.
People who are pregnant — Even though Stadol can be used when a woman has gone into early labor, using it while pregnant can take a toll on the baby’s health. Slowed breathing and other breathing problems for the baby can result from using Stadol while pregnant.
People prone to drug addiction — If you are prone to drug addiction (such as if you have had an addiction in the past), Stadol may not be for you. Its addictive qualities may result in you becoming addicted to the drug.
What Should You do if You Become Addicted to Butorphanol?
If you believe that you have formed an addiction to Stadol, you need to get help from medical professionals right away. The drug’s addictive qualities can make your life begin to revolve around it.
- Go to counseling. Talking to someone who knows how to handle addiction can help you achieve long-term recovery. Individual counseling, family counseling, and group counseling all have the benefit of allowing you to talk about your addiction in a judgment-free zone.
- Join group therapy. Group therapy is a great way to help hold yourself accountable on your path to sobriety. Meeting with people who have been in similar situations as you can help you make smarter choices and form healthier relationships.
- Look for a holistic treatment facility. Treatment programs that offer a holistic approach to recovery are beneficial because they enhance the person’s entire well-being (mind, body, and spirit) as a whole. When individuals learn healthier ways of living, they can find a better way to manage their addiction and maintain healthy relationships with other people.
If you or someone you know is suffering from Butorphanol addiction, get help now. For more information on addiction treatment and prevention, call Safe Prevention at 1-877-503-2608.