Transdermal Fentanyl

Transdermal Fentanyl

PEP Topic 
Chronic Pain
Description 

Fentanyl is an opioid analgesic drug. The transdermal delivery system is intended to allow the passive diffusion of the medication over a long period of time while maintaining a constant therapeutic dose. Transdermal fentanyl has been evaluated for the management of chronic cancer-related pain. Transdermal fentanyl also has been examined in relation to opioids by other routes for its effect on opioid-related constipation. The use of transdermal fentanyl in patients who are not opioid tolerant and for acute pain is contraindicated due to a risk of life-threatening hypoventilation

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Research Evidence Summaries

Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis

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