Stadol is a crystalline substance that is off white in color. It is prescribed to treat pain experienced by people who are recovering after surgery, as well as those who suffer from migraine headaches.
What Is Stadol Abuse
The chemical name of Stadol is butorphanol tartrate and it is administered intravenously according to the prescribed dose or directly into a buttock or hip, it is usually administered every 3 or 4 hours.
The drug is also available as a nasal spray and this is popular with drug abusers because it is easy to snort without it having to be altered in any way.
However, those who engage in Stadol abuse do not stick to the correct dosage as they develop a tolerance to it and therefore have to keep on increasing the amount taken in order to achieve the original effect. However, they do this without getting approval from a doctor and as the drug is highly addictive, it is easy to become dependent within a very short period of time.
Despite it being known that Stadol has strong addictive qualities, it is not strictly controlled because the manufacturers have said that it is a low addiction risk substance compared to other opiates in the market. Therefore it is not difficult for an abuser to get hold of Stadol and they often use several different doctors and clinics in order to obtain larger quantities.
People who have previously been addicted to other drugs are at a greater risk of becoming addicted to Stadol if they abuse it. Patients that have been prescribed Stadol also have an increased risk of becoming addicted if they continue to take it for longer than it was originally prescribed for. This is because prolonged use of the drug makes the body physically dependent as the user develops a tolerance and therefore has to keep on increasing the amount taken in order to achieve the desired impact.
Tolerance to the drug is why abusers increase their dosage without considering the danger that they are exposing themselves to. Stadol is a strong drug that also affects the nervous system and those who abuse it are at a risk of depression and this risk is further increased if Stadol is combined with sedatives, tranquilizers, antihistamines, alcohol or sleeping pills.
If a person craves Stadol, it is a sign of Stadol dependency and medical help 800-303-2482 should be sought as quickly as possible.