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Type: Journal article
Title: Pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and tolerability of fentanyl following intranasal versus intravenous administration in adults undergoing third-molar extraction: A randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, two-way, crossover study
Author: Christrup, L.
Foster, D.
Popper, L.
Troen, T.
Upton, R.
Citation: Clinical Therapeutics, 2008; 30(3):469-481
Publisher: Excerpta Medica Inc
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0149-2918
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Lona L. Christrup, David Foster, Lars D. Popper, Tine Troen and Richard Upton
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>The aim of this study was to compare the pharmacokinetic profile, as well as the efficacy and tolerability, of i.n. and i.v. administration of fentanyl in acute, episodic pain in patients undergoing third-molar extraction.<h4>Methods</h4>In this randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, 2-way, crossover study, patients were randomized to receive 1 of 4 doses (75, 100, 150, or 200 microg) by both the i.n. and i.v. routes in random order, after each of 2 separate molar extractions (interval, >or=1 week). Venous blood samples were obtained for quantification of plasma fentanyl concentrations before and at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 25, 40, 60, 90, 120, and 180 minutes after administration. Pain scores (on an 11-point numeric rating scale) were recorded before and at 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90, 105, 120, 150, 180, 210, and 240 minutes. Patients indicated the times at which they perceived meaningful pain relief (onset of action) and at which analgesia ended (duration of effect), after which they were able to use rescue medication (time to rescue medication use).<h4>Results</h4>A total of 24 patients were enrolled (in all, 47 extractions) (46% male; mean age, 24.1 years; 94% white, 6% Asian). Mean T(max) values were 12.8 and 6.0 minutes (P<0.001), times to onset of analgesia were 7 and 2 minutes (P<0.001), and durations of effect were 56 and 59 minutes after i.n. and i.v. administration (P=NS), respectively. Differences in the onsets and durations of analgesia after i.n. and i.v. administration of single doses were not significantly different, and neither was the difference in overall analgesia, with pain scores returning to near-predose values at statistically similar times after dosing. Duration of effect was directly related to i.n. fentanyl dose, with significantly less use of rescue medication after i.n. than after i.v. administration (P<0.005). The i.n. and i.v. formulations were both well tolerated, with similar numbers of nasally related adverse events recorded for both routes of administration.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Onsets and durations of analgesia were not significantly different between single doses of i.n. and i.v. fentanyl in these adults undergoing third-molar extraction. Both i.n. and i.v. administration were generally well tolerated.
Keywords: Molar, Third; Humans; Pain; Acute Disease; Fentanyl; Anesthetics, Intravenous; Pain Measurement; Treatment Outcome; Tooth Extraction; Administration, Intranasal; Injections, Intravenous; Cross-Over Studies; Double-Blind Method; Dose-Response Relationship, Drug; Time Factors; Adult; Female; Male
Description: Copyright © 2008 Published by Elsevier Inc.
RMID: 0020080549
DOI: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2008.03.001
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