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Nalbuphine is used for pain

How it works

Nalbuphine decreases the perception of pain by blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Common side effects

Bitter taste, Confusion, Hallucination, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Headache, Increased sweating, Itching, Lightheadedness, Stomach cramp, Stomach upset, Vomiting

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Expert advice

  • Do not take nalbuphine more than recommended duration as advised by your doctor as it may be habit-forming.
  • Use nalbuphine with caution as sudden discontinuation may cause withdrawal symptoms: anxiety, stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, runny nose, skin rashes, rapid heartbeat, tremors, sweating, restlessness,and trouble sleeping.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as nalbuphine may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking nalbuphine as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Use nalbuphine with caution if your child is <18 years.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is nalbuphine a narcotic/ controlled substance?
Nalbuphine belongs to class of medicines called synthetic opioid analgesics. It is not a narcotic or controlled substance.

Content on this page was last updated on 02 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)