The novel sufentanil sublingual tablet system (sufentanil STS; Zalviso®) provides an alternative option to opioid-based intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (IV PCA) for the management of acute moderate to severe postoperative pain in adults in the hospital setting. It overcomes some of the drawbacks associated with opioid-based IV PCA, as the preprogrammed, noninvasive design of the sufentanil STS avoids the risk of pump programming errors and other complications that can occur with IV PCA technology. With each device activation, the patient-controlled sufentanil STS device delivers a sublingual sufentanil 15 μg nanotablet, with patients self-administering to analgesia by varying the interval between doses (minimum between-dose interval 20 min; maximum recommended treatment duration 72 h). Relative to morphine IV PCA, sufentanil delivered by the STS is as effective in relieving post-operative pain with a more rapid onset of analgesia and, according to patient and healthcare professional assessments, provides higher rates of success and overall satisfaction, and is easier to use. Sublingual sufentanil is generally well tolerated, with an adverse event profile typical of that of other opioids and a relatively low risk of respiratory depression.
Drugs & Therapy Perspectives – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 31, 2017
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