butorphanol (Stadol)

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GENERIC NAME: butorphanol

BRAND NAMES: Stadol

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Butorphanol is a synthetic opioid narcotic pain reliever. It prevents pain in a similar way as morphine (MS Contin), hydrocodone (Zohydro), oxycodone (Oxycontin), and other opioids. Like other opioids, it stimulates receptors in the brain to increase the threshold to pain (the amount of stimulation it takes to feel pain) and reduce the perception of pain (the perceived importance of the pain). The FDA approved butorphanol in August 1978.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/12/2014



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