What should I know about butorphanol before receiving it?

Butorphanol is habit-forming and should not be given to someone who has not been prescribed the medication. Butorphanol should not be used with alcohol, which can cause severe or even fatal side effects. Butorphanol can interfere with normal thinking or reaction time and make you dizzy. Do not drive while using butorphanol or perform tasks that require you to be alert. People with certain medical conditions must be cautious in using butorphanol.

These include drug or alcohol addiction; head injury; brain tumor; heart, liver or kidney disease; mental illness; asthma or other breathing disorders. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should discuss the risks and benefits of taking butorphanol with their doctor. Butorphanol can have negative interactions with some medications including antidepressants; antihistamines; barbiturates; anxiety or seizure medications; monoamine oxidase inhibitors; sedatives; sleeping pills; tranquilizers; medications for mental illness; erythromycin and theophylline. Do not stop using butorphanol suddenly; severe side effects can occur.

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