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Butorphanol

Sounds Like: bue.tor.fan.all

Classification: synthetic opioid

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV

Other names for Butorphanol

  • M
  • Miss Emma
  • Monkey
  • Roxanol
  • White Stuff

Butorphanol Addiction

What is Butorphanol?

Butorphanol is a synthetic opioid used to treat moderate-to-severe pain relief from headaches, muscle pain and surgery. The medication is sold as a prescription nasal spray. Butorphanol, like all opioids, works by blocking signals in the brain responsible for pain. Medical experts have compared Butorphanol to morphine, a powerful and natural opiate also used to treat pain.
Butorphanol is sold under the following brand names:

Stadol

Torbutrol

Torbugesic

Dolorex

Butorphanol Addiction

Like all prescription opioids, Butorphanol has a high risk for addiction. People who take Butorphanol not only experience pain relief but feelings of pleasure and happiness that can become habit-forming. Using Butorphanol recreationally or outside of what’s prescribed can cause a person to develop a tolerance to its side effects. As a result, their mind and body adjust to its presence, which is a sign that they’re dependent on the drug to function.

People whose minds and bodies depend on opioids experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to quit taking the drug. Therefore, they might continue to take Butorphanol to make their withdrawal symptoms go away. In that case, addiction treatment services like residential treatment or intensive outpatient are levels of care that can help people cope with opioid addiction.

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Intended Use of Butorphanol

Butorphanol was approved for medical use in 1979. Similar to morphine, it’s used to treat moderate-to-severe pain, most commonly from migraines and surgeries. Butorphanol nasal spray is known to be more effective in women than men.
Butorphanol is also used in veterinary medicine as a sedative to treat post-surgery pain.

How Butorphanol Is Taken

Take Butorphanol exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Butorphanol is sold and taken as a nasal (nose) spray. Doctors and pharmacists recommend blowing your nose before using the nasal spray, and using it only as directed. An adult dosage is equal to one spray (1 milligram) into one nostril. A second spray may be taken every three-to-four hours as needed for pain.
Butorphanol is not recommended for children.

Side Effects of
Butorphanol

If any of these side effects become severe, immediately call a doctor.

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Nasal irritation
  • Hypoxia (not enough oxygen)
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Breathing problems
  • Confusion

Signs of an
Addiction to Butorphanol

Uncontrolled cravings for Butorphanol

Unsuccessful attempts to stop using the drug

Prioritizing use of Butorphanol over spending time with family or friends

Legal or financial problems

Use of Butorphanol despite adverse of negative behaviors

Experiencing physical withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit using Butorphanol

Butorphanol
Abuse Facts

Butorphanol Tartrate Injection may increase the commonness of seizures in people with seizure disorder.

One dose of Butorphanol nasal spray costs about $6 without insurance.

Seniors or elder patients may be more sensitive to the side effects of Butorphanol.