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Oral and parenteral opioids

Andrew Davies

in Cancer-related Breakthrough Pain

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656974
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740909 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199656974.003.0005

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Oral and parenteral opioids

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• The oral route may not be suitable for many patients with breakthrough pain • The pharmacokinetic profile of many orally delivered drugs does not mirror breakthrough pain characteristics, resulting in partially effective treatment and/or troublesome adverse effects • Intravenous/subcutaneous opioids provide rapid onset of analgesia, but are not practical in the community setting.

Chapter.  2751 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Oncology ; Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics ; Pain Medicine

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