Hi baseballmomof3! I took Stadol for several months until I built up a tolerance. Since it is a nasal spray, it is very fast acting and it would be faster than any pill. I honestly don't know if it is a narcotic, but it is very strong. It is the strongest stuff that I have. The thing you need to know is that it is a hallucinogenic, so I have had some experiences of tripping badly. (The walls were closing in, and things were crawling on the ground etc...). Also, it made me very sleepy and feel very drugged, but I never really cared because it stopped the pain. It does not burn when you take it, but sometimes I did get a funny taste in my mouth. Please feel free to write back if you have any more questions! I hope this will help!