What should I know about butorphanol tartrate before taking it?

Avoid this medication if you are allergic to it. Narcotic pain relievers such as butorphanol tartrate are addictive, so take only your prescribed dose for only as long as your doctor recommends. Never give this medication to anyone else and keep it in a secure place. Do not drink alcohol while on this medication, as life-threatening side effects could result. Tell your doctor if you frequently consume alcohol or have any of the following medical conditions before you receive butorphanol tartrate:

  • brain tumor; drug abuse or addiction; head injury; heart disease; kidney disease; 
  • liver disease; asthma.

Talk to your doctor about butorphanol tartrate if you are pregnant, attempting to become pregnant, or breast-feeding. Until you know how butorphanol tartrate will affect your alertness, do not drive or engage in any activity that could be dangerous.

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