The role of fentanyl in cancer-related pain

Eric Prommer

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Fentanyl is a lipophilic, short-acting, synthetic opioid with a piperidine chemical structure. Fentanyl is an effective analgesic for cancer pain, and newer formulations such as the transmucosal and buccal forms have shown efficacy for the management of cancer-related breakthrough pain. This article reviews the pharmacodynamics, pharmacology, and clinical efficacy for this new option in treating moderate to severe pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-954
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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