Stadol (butorphanol tartrate) is a narcotic analgesic used to relieve pain. The drug can be administered through IV, injection, or nasal spray. Stadol is a synthetic opiate, which means it can be very addictive if used for a long period of time.
The complaints surrounding Stadol reflect it’s highly addictive nature. Because Stadol was marketed as a drug with a very low potential for abuse, the FDA allowed it to be prescribed without being considered a controlled substance.
Initial FDA approval was with the understanding the drug would not be prescribed for prolonged use. Once approved, the company marketed the drug for migraines, a chronic problem requiring repetitive use.
As of 1997, there had been forty-one Stadol-related deaths reported to the FDA, along with 8,000 adverse reactions and addictions reported.
Stadol is also used to relieve pain after surgery and to help relieve the pain involved with labor and child delivery. Bristol-Meyers Squibb has acknowledged the drug may cause infant respiratory distress when given to a mother within two hours of delivery. As a result of these findings, Bristol-Meyers Squibb does not recommend the use of this drug when delivery is expected within four hours.
A class action lawsuit was filed against Bristol-Meyers Squibb in Canada. The suit claims the company knew the highly addictive nature of Stadol and failed to properly warn doctors and patients of this danger.
Some of the side effects associated with the use of Stadol are unpleasant taste, nausea, vomiting, constipation, anorexia, respiratory depression, rash, hives, clamminess, excessive diaphoresis, sensation of heat, confusion, nervousness, lethargy, headache, somnolence, dizziness, insomnia, anxiety, paresthesia, euphoria, hallucinations, flushing, increased intracranial pressure, palpitations, vasodilation, hypertension, blurred vision, nasal congestion (with nasal spray), tinnitus, and death.
If you or loved one believe you have sustained an injury as a result of taking Stadol, you may have a valid claim for those injuries. Call us now at (800) 888-8888 or contact us.