HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Fentanyl patch safe and effective alternative to oral opioids for pediatric pain patients

A new study says using a transdermal patch to deliver the opioid fentanyl is an effective way to control pain in children. Results from an international study published in the December 15, 2005 issue of CANCER (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer-newsroom), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, indicate that the fentanyl patch is safe for children aged 2 to 16 years.

Opioids, such as morphine and its derivatives, have been shown to clearly reduce pain and improve quality of life in adults. However, little is known about the pain experience and the safety and efficacy of this class of analgesics in children. Until recently, children were thought to feel pain to a lesser degree and have a higher risk of addiction than adults. Newer information indicates that not only do children experience severe pain and are no more at risk for addiction than adults, but they are also at greater risk for psychological disturbances that have immediate and long-term developmental impact. However, children may not readily accept the methods of delivery of most opioids that is, injection or pill.

Julia C. Finkel, M.D. of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and international colleagues examined 173 children from ages 2 to 16 years, many of whom were cancer patients and who had a history of chronic severe pain and prior oral opioid use. They were transitioned to the fentanyl patch adjusted to equal the concentration of previous oral doses and followed for 15 days.

The researchers found that subjective pain and quality of life improved significantly. By Day 16 the average daily pain intensity score decreased. Many patients elected to continue in the study for three months. After one month, quality of life scores improved. At the end of three months, average play performance scores also showed significant improvement. There were no more adverse experiences t
'"/>

Contact: David Greenberg
dgreenbe@wiley.com
201-748-6484
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
14-Nov-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Novel catheter technique successfully patches holes in the heart
2. CankerMelts patches reduce pain and speed resolution of canker sores
3. Shires DAYTRANA, first patch medication for ADHD in children, now available in pharmacies
4. Blood test predicts success of quitting smoking using the nicotine patch
5. Decent NHS care for older people still too patchy
6. Do testosterone patches help women with under-active pituitary glands?
7. Shires DAYTRANA(TM) transdermal patch approved by FDA for treatment of ADHD
8. Hormone patch may provide some increase in sexual desire in menopausal women
9. Easy access to nicotine patches could help more smokers to quit
10. New treatment effective in counteracting cocaine-induced symptoms
11. Osteoporosis screening and treatment may be cost-effective for selected older men

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... area, has selected the latest beneficiary of their ongoing community enrichment program. The ... bullying in area schools. Donations are now being accepted at: http://www.angelsanddoves.com/donate.html . ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 ... ... security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm, announced today that nominations will be ... Security Executive® (ISE®) West Awards. , Awards include the Information Security ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... FileHold's document ... organizations. DocuSyst provides a cloud hosted environment for FileHold software that is pay ... various 3rd party applications using the FileHold web services API. DocuSyst also advises ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... The Association of ... AHCC and the Home Health and Hospice ICD-10 Transition Workgroup are working closely ... coding guidance and clarifications, to address concerns over the use of 'A' as ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Guruji Mahendra Kumar Trivedi is offering ... 2016 in honor of his birthday on February 10th. During this time, people ... is known by over 250,000 people from over 40 different countries as an “ordinary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016   GS1 US ... to guide them through GS1 Standards implementation to address ... (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule. ... Beth Gibson , senior director industry development, medical ... development director, GS1 US --> ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... LEAWOOD, Kan. , Feb. 8, 2016 ... held organization that formerly specialized in the ... facilities, recently announced that it has divided ... Nueterra Capital. While Nueterra Capital will continue ... advisory services, NueHealth will operate a national ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... 2016   HighPoint Solutions today announced ... pharmacovigilance technology services division.  NRG is a leading ... Oracle Argus Specialized partner, providing drug safety system ... --> --> ... capabilities and provides a global scale and infrastructure ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: