Butorphanol

butorphanolButorphanol is in a class of medications called opioid agonist-antagonists.  Butorphanol is a generic, morphinan-type synthetic opioid analgesic.  Butorphanol comes in an injectable form as well as a nasal spray.  It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.  Butorphanol is in a class of medications called opioid agonist-antagonists.  It works by changing the way the body senses pain.  Besides being used as a pain reliever for humans, butorphanol is also used as a narcotic pain reliever for horses.

Butorphanol nasal spray is a solution that you spray in the nose for pain relief.  The butorphanol injection is also used to relieve pain during labor and to prevent pain and decrease awareness before or during surgery.

Butorphanol nasal spray can be addictive and it is important that it be used as directed by a doctor.  It is said to inform a doctor if a strong desire to use more of this medication then prescribed is forming. 

Medical professionals strongly advise the application of dose and prescribing limitations, appropriate directions for use and frequent monitoring to minimize the risk of abuse and physical dependence with this drug. Anyone with a history of drug abuse or patients receiving the drug on a continuous basis for an extended period of time is at high risk of addiction and abuse with butorphanol.

Doctors have advised that there be frequent monitoring of people who are using this drug with the hopes that this will help to limit the amount of abuse of butorphanol.  Those who have a history of drug abuse or those who will be taking butorphanol daily for extended periods become high risk of becoming addicted to and abusing Butorphanol.  It ishighly recommened that you do not stop using butorphanol nasal spray without talking to your doctor. 

The withdrawl symptoms for those who have been abusing are much like those of an opiate withdrawl.  They include:

• Agitation

• anxiety

• chills

• insomnia

• diareha

• confusion

• cold sweats

• aches and pains

• head aches

• Aches and pains

• Headaches

• Loss of appetite

• Mood swings

• Nausea

• Pain

• Respiratory problems