Torbutrol, also known as Butorphanol or Stadol, is an 'Opioid Sedative' (yikes!). In the case of our dog Meeko, it was prescribed for Cough Suppression. It can also be used for pain or tracheal collapse.
In fact, a recurring, hacking cough was the first symptom that we noticed in Meeko last fall that led us to seek a consultation with the Vet and which led to his CHF diagnosis.
The Cough Is Kaput:
We only gave Meeko the Torbutrol one time as it made him extremely lethargic and sleepy. In a word - 'loopy'. This is probably one best saved for an airplane ‘trip’!
Because of the tablet's pink color and sleep inducement, we called it 'Pink Fairy Dust'. However, Meeko's cough quickly disappeared on it's own, so we no longer had any need for this med in his protocol.
Common side effects of Stadol (butorphanol) include:
- loss of appetite,
- dry mouth, or.
- warmth or redness under the skin.
The clinical manifestations of butorphanol overdose are those of opioid drugs in general.The most serious symptoms are hypoventilation, cardiovascular insufficiency, coma, and death.
None of the Above Please!
None of these side effects sounded very pleasant, and especially for a 'heart patient', so we were really glad that Meeko ended up not needing this medication in his treatment protocol.
NEXT TIME: Hear about Meeko's experience with his tummy fluid draining procedure at the Vet, abdominocentesis,
(SEE: Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3, Pt.4, Pt.5, Pt.6, Pt.7, Pt.8, Pt.9, Pt.10)
*Please consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog's supplements, diet, or exercise habits.