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Brand Names: Stadol NS

Generic Name: butorphanol (nasal) (Pronunciation: byoo TOR fa nole)

What is butorphanol nasal (Stadol NS)?

Butorphanol is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.

Butorphanol is used to treat moderate to severe pain.

Butorphanol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of butorphanol nasal (Stadol NS)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using butorphanol nasal and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pounding or uneven heartbeats;
  • shallow breathing, slow heartbeat;
  • cold, clammy skin;
  • problems with urination;
  • tremors, numbness or tingling;
  • confusion, feeling like you are floating;
  • feeling like you might pass out; or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects include:

  • drowsiness, dizziness;
  • nosebleed, stuffy nose, cough;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • constipation;
  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite;
  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling);
  • dry mouth, unpleasant taste; or
  • ringing in your ears.

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 the most important information I should know about butorphanol nasal (Stadol NS)?

You should not use butorphanol if you have recently used narcotic medications and have become dependent on them.

Butorphanol nasal 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 more than your prescribed dose of butorphanol. 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. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.

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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