Generic Name: nalbuphine (NAL bue feen)Brand Names: Nubain
Nalbuphine is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers. It is similar to morphine.
Nalbuphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is also used for treating pain just after surgery or childbirth.
Nalbuphine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Nalbuphine may cause unpleasant side effects if you are already taking other narcotic pain medicines. Before you receive nalbuphine, tell your doctor about all other pain medicines you have recently used.
Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have asthma or other breathing disorder, liver or kidney disease, gallbladder disease, mental illness, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.Tell your doctor if you take other narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, or any other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Nalbuphine may cause unpleasant side effects if you are already taking other narcotic pain medicines. Before you receive nalbuphine, tell your doctor about all other pain medicines you have recently used.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before I receive Nubain (nalbuphine)?You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to nalbuphine.
Nalbuphine may cause unpleasant side effects if you are already taking other narcotic pain medicines. Before you receive nalbuphine, tell your doctor about all other pain medicines you have recently used.Nalbuphine may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Nalbuphine should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Before receiving nalbuphine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or other breathing disorder;
a history of head injury or brain tumor;
mental illness; or
a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
This medication is given as an injection into a muscle or under your skin, or through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a clinic or hospital setting.
Nalbuphine is usually given every 3 to 6 hours.
Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain.You should not stop using nalbuphine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.
Since nalbuphine is usually given by a healthcare provider, it is not likely that you will miss a dose.
Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness and confusion.
weak or shallow breathing;
fast or slow heart rate;
cold, clammy skin;
confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
severe weakness or dizziness; or
feeling like you might pass out.
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
warmth, tingling, or redness under your skin;
nausea, vomiting,, stomach cramps;
dizziness, spinning sensation;
dry mouth, unpleasant taste;
itching or burning sensation;
trouble with speech or vision.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Other narcotic medications include fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic), hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Palladone), morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, Oramorph, and others), oxycodone (OxyContin), oxymorphone (Numorphan, Opana), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with nalbuphine. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.