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Transdermal patch as effective as intravenous pump for post-op pain control

yl PCTS and 76.9 percent of patients who received IV PCA morphine.

"Early patient discontinuations (25.9 percent fentanyl vs. 25.0 percent morphine) and last pain intensity scores (32.7 fentanyl vs. 31.1 morphine on the visual analog scale) were not different between the 2 treatments. With continued treatment for up to 48 or 72 hours, more than 80 percent of patient assessments in each treatment group were good or excellent. The incidence of opioid-related adverse events was similar between the groups," the researchers write.


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