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Dosing Guidelines for Women in Labor

The usual recommended dosage of Talwin for pain relief during labor is 30 mg given as a one-time IM injection. Alternatively, some women may receive 20 mg given as an IV injection. This 20-mg dose may be repeated two or three times if needed, separated by two to three hours.

Talwin Dosage in Children

The usual recommended dosage of Talwin for sedation before surgery is 0.5 mg per kg body weight (about 0.23 mg per lb) given as a one-time IM injection.

General Information on Using Talwin

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Talwin include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a liquid that is given as an injection every three to four hours.
  • Talwin injections are normally given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting. If you are given this medicine to inject at home, make sure you know exactly how to use it before giving yourself a dose.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Do not use more than prescribed or stop using it suddenly without your healthcare provider's approval.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your Talwin dose, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
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