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Nebulized Fentanyl in Acute Pain: A Systematic Review.

Authors
  • Thompson, Joshua P1
  • Thompson, Dennis F2
  • 1 Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK, USA.
  • 2 Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK, USA [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2016
Volume
50
Issue
10
Pages
882–891
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1060028016659077
PMID: 27413071
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Evidence suggests that nebulized fentanyl is as effective as IV opioids in the treatment of acute pain, with relatively few adverse effects. However, questions remain about the extemporaneous preparation of fentanyl nebulized solution, the variability in nebulization devices, and ensuring consistent drug delivery to distal airways in the clinical setting. The abuse potential of nebulized fentanyl should also be considered.

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