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- What is butorphanol injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for butorphanol injection?
- Is butorphanol injection available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for butorphanol injection?
- What are the side effects of butorphanol injection?
- What is the dosage for butorphanol injection?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with butorphanol injection?
- Is butorphanol injection safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about butorphanol injection?
What is butorphanol injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
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.
What brand names are available for butorphanol injection?
Is butorphanol injection available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for butorphanol injection?
What are the side effects of butorphanol injection?
The most frequent adverse reactions include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and nasal congestion and insomnia with the nasal preparation. Patients may also experience palpitations, flushing, anxiety, confusion, euphoria, headache, nervousness, tingling sensation in limbs, cold/clammy skin, sweating, itchiness, anorexia, constipation, stomach pain, dry mouth, tremor, weakness, blurred vision, ringing in ears, and difficulty breathing. Butorphanol is habit forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur when used long-term.
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