Butorphanol (Stadol) Addiction
Butorphanol is a partial agonist and antagonist. It does affect the central nervous system, as do other opioid pain relievers. Some of the side effects possible with the use of butorphanol can include dizziness, confusion and sedation. Nausea and vomiting are common side effects as well, and less commonly patients may experience an increase in sweating. People who use butorphanol may notice agitation, changes in mood, constipation, itching or loss of appetite. Uniquely, even though butorphanol can activate opioid receptors in a way that allows it to relieve pain, it can also block the effects of opioids. If someone is dependent on opioids and takes butorphanol, they may experience sudden withdrawal symptoms.
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