Generic Name: levorphanol (lee-VOR-fa-nole)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Levorphanol tablets are used for:
Treating or preventing moderate to severe pain. It may also be used before surgery for pain management and for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Levorphanol tablets are a narcotic analgesic. It works by acting in the brain and spinal cord to decrease the feeling of pain.
Do NOT use levorphanol tablets if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in levorphanol tablets or similar medicines (eg, morphine)
- you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine), a narcotic agonist/antagonist medicine (eg, pentazocine), or sodium oxybate (GHB)
- you are having certain types of surgery (eg, biliary surgery)
- you are having an asthma attack, have severe asthma, or have severe diarrhea due to antibiotic use
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using levorphanol tablets:
Some medical conditions may interact with levorphanol tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of prostate problems, seizures, heart problems or a recent heart attack, kidney problems, liver disease, an underactive thyroid, severe inflammatory bowel disease, lung problems, asthma, a head injury or increased pressure within the head, a brain tumor, trouble urinating, or low blood pressure
- if you have a history of mental or mood problems or suicidal thoughts
- if you will be having surgery on the stomach, intestines, liver, or gallbladder
- if you consume large amounts of alcohol or have a history of substance abuse or dependence
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with levorphanol tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Cimetidine, MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), or sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects of levorphanol tablets may be increased
- Naltrexone or narcotic agonist/antagonists (eg, pentazocine) because the effectiveness of levorphanol tablets may be decreased
- Antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine), barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), muscle relaxants (eg, methocarbamol), other narcotic pain medicines (eg, codeine), phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine), sleeping medicines (eg, zolpidem), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because severe side effects, such as severe drowsiness, low blood pressure, or trouble breathing, may occur
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if levorphanol tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use levorphanol tablets:
Use levorphanol tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Levorphanol tablets may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- If you miss a dose of levorphanol tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use levorphanol tablets.
Important safety information:
- Levorphanol tablets may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to levorphanol tablets. Using levorphanol tablets alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other medications that cause drowsiness (eg, sedatives, tranquilizers) while taking levorphanol tablets. Levorphanol tablets will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines are depressants.
- Levorphanol tablets may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting. Alcohol, hot weather, exercise, and fever can increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness.
- Risk of severe drowsiness, low blood pressure, and severe breathing problems may be increased with high doses or prolonged use. Do NOT exceed the recommended dose or use levorphanol tablets for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using levorphanol tablets.
- Use levorphanol tablets with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Levorphanol tablets are not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 18 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if levorphanol tablets can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking levorphanol tablets, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using levorphanol tablets during pregnancy. It is unknown if levorphanol tablets are excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking levorphanol tablets.
When used for long periods of time or at high doses, levorphanol tablets may not work as well and may require higher doses to obtain the same effect as when originally taken. This is known as TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if levorphanol tablets stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.
When used for long periods of time or at high doses, some people develop a need to continue taking levorphanol tablets. This is known as DEPENDENCE or addiction.
If you suddenly stop taking levorphanol tablets, you may experience WITHDRAWAL symptoms, including anxiety; diarrhea; fever, runny nose, or sneezing; goose bumps and abnormal skin sensations; nausea; vomiting; pain; rigid muscles; rapid heartbeat; seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there; shivering or tremors; sweating; and trouble sleeping.
Possible side effects of levorphanol tablets:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Altered mood and thoughts; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; flushing; nausea; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); depression; difficulty urinating; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; itching; seizures.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include cold and clammy skin; deep sleep; dizziness; drowsiness; lightheadedness; loss of consciousness; slowed breathing; slowed heartbeat.Proper storage of levorphanol tablets:
Store levorphanol tablets at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep levorphanol tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about levorphanol tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Levorphanol tablets are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take levorphanol tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about levorphanol tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to levorphanol tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using levorphanol tablets.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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