What should I know about taking butorphanol nasal?

Butorphanol nasal (Stadol), a pain medication, can make you drowsy or dizzy, so don't plan to drive or operate machinery for at least an hour after you use it or until you're alert again. Alcohol can increase drowsiness caused by butorphanol nasal, so don't drink while using it.

Before you take butorphanol, tell your doctor if:
  • you're allergic to butorphanol nasal or to any other medications
  • you take other medications or health products; be sure to mention other pain relievers, antidepressants, medications for cough, cold or allergies, nasal sprays, sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquilizers and vitamins
  • you use or have ever used street drugs or have overused prescription medications, or if you need to take narcotics for pain regularly in order to feel well
  • you have a history of liver, kidney, lung or heart disease
  • you're breastfeeding, pregnant or plan to become pregnant (if you become pregnant while using butorphanol nasal, call your doctor)
  • you are going to have surgery, including dental surgery

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