What is Staydol?

Every woman’s pregnancy experience is different. This is no less true for the labor and delivery experience. Some women experience only mild pain and discomfort; many experience a great deal of pain. Some women choose to go through labor and delivery with no pain medication; some women choose to use medications to relieve pain during labor and delivery. One of the types of pain relief available is Stadol.

During the early stages of labor your obstetrician may offer you intravenous or intramuscular injection of medication to ease the pain of labor. Narcotics, such as meperidine (Demerol) or butorphanol (Stadol), are often used. Narcotics will help with mild contractions in early labor but generally are insufficient to relieve the stronger contractions associated with active labor. In the past, other narcotics such as morphine have been used. Some of the general side effects of narcotics during labor can be:
– Nausea
– Vomiting
– Itching
– Sedation
– Decreased gastric motility
– Loss of protective airway reflexes
– Hypoxia due to respiratory depression

Stadol is often the choice of many women and their physicians when selecting a narcotic pain reliever. Stadol is considered more potent than morphine and Demerol. Stadol generally starts working in less then five minutes. Stadol is considered to have minimal fetal effects, and creates minimal nausea.

Other medications that can relieve pain during labor and delivery can include an epidural anesthesia or a spinal block. An epidural is administered through an extremely thin tube between the spinal cord and outer membranes. When used for labor it dulls feeling from your stomach to your feet. Having an epidural will still allow you to feel contractions enabling you push your baby out after your cervix is completely dilated. At times the epidural is turned down, or off, so that you can push well at the end of your labor.

A Spinal Block should not be confused with an epidural. With a spinal, the medication is given only once. With an epidural, a catheter is inserted into the location in the spine so that additional medicine may be dispensed at a later time. A spinal is most often used when you need pain relief for only a limited period of time, such as with a cesarean delivery or a vaginal delivery in which instruments are required to help the baby out.

Regardless of the method you choose to manage pain during labor and delivery, it is important that you discuss with your health care provider the risks and effectiveness of each method.

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