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Butorphanol Detox and Withdrawal

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Butorphanol is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain, and it comes in nasal spray and injectable forms. The injectable form of butorphanol is also used to prevent pain and decrease awareness before or during surgery and for relieving pain during labor. Butorphanol is an opioid agonist-antagonist analgesic that usually is synthetically made; however, it can be made from thebaine, a naturally occurring substance found in poppy seeds.
Butorphanol is an opioid agonist-antagonist analgesic that usually is synthetically made.”
In 1997, because of its high abuse potential, butorphanol became listed as a Schedule IV drug under the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates three out of four prescription drug overdoses are caused by opioid pain relievers. Since 1999, there has been a 300-percent increase in the sale of opioid pain relievers. The CDC also points out that, in 2010, approximately 2 million individuals reported they used prescription painkillers for non-medical purposes for the first time within the last year, which calculates to almost 5,500 new non-medical users a day.

Begin living a butorphanol-free lifestyle; call today and find a butorphanol detox center close by you.

Why Should I Detox?

Butorphanol, which is potentially addictive, is commonly misused and abused. Not taking the drug as directed may have hazardous consequences. Side effects from butorphanol may include impaired reactions or thinking. Consuming it over a long period may result in tolerance, making it necessary to take increasing amounts to produce the same effect. Taking large quantities of butorphanol can result in dangerous consequences, including death.

Experiencing Detox

Suddenly stopping or dramatically reducing your intake of butorphanol after heavy and extended use may cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may begin within six to eight hours after the discontinuation of use. The withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Aching
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Craving
  • Sleeplessness
  • Muscle aches
  • Uncontrolled tremors and shivering
  • Goose pimples
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Yawning
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

Babies born to mothers who misused or abused butorphanol during pregnancy may experience withdrawal symptoms, such as breathing problems, abnormal or persistent crying, irritability, diarrhea or vomiting. Pregnant or nursing women should not take butorphanol unless the doctor feels the benefits of the drug outweigh the risks. Taking the drug while pregnant may result in miscarriage or birth defects.

A butorphanol detox center affords addiction treatment under medical care. The medical professional will want a successful and uneventful detox for you. If you attempt to detox on your own, it may be unsuccessful because you may give in to the symptoms and take butorphanol to relieve them. If you are worried about the possibility of withdrawal symptoms, call now to find a butorphanol detox center near you.

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