24.02 Butorphanol (Stadol)

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Generic Name


Trade Name



moderate to severe pain, labor pain, sedation


alters perception and response to pain by biding to opiate receptors in CNS

Therapeutic Class

Opioid Analgesic

Pharmacologic Class

opioid agonists/antagonists

Nursing Considerations

• use caution with concurrent use of MAOIs
• may cause confusion, hallucinations, sedation
• monitor for CNS depression
• assess blood pressure pulse and respirations during administration
• administer slowly through IV line

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