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Generic: butorphanol
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It is used to treat moderate to severe pain
               



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What is this medicine?

BUTORPHANOL (byoo TOR fa nole) is a pain reliever. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is also used to prevent pain before surgery and during child birth.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • brain tumor
  • drug abuse or addiction
  • head injury
  • heart disease
  • if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma
  • an allergic reaction to butorphanol, benzethonium chloride, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle or a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • buprenorphine
  • nalbuphine
  • pentazocine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for sleep
  • muscle relaxants
  • narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain
  • tramadol

               
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