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Masui. 2011 Feb;60(2):157-67.

[Double-blind parallel-group dose-titration study comparing a fentanyl-containing patch formulated for 1-day application for the treatment of cancer pain with Durotep MT Patch].

[Article in Japanese]

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Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Relief Center, JR Tokyo General Hospital, Tokyo 151-8528.



The efficacy and safety of a fentanyl-containing patch formulated for 1-day application at the initiation and during continuous treatment of cancer pain were evaluated in patients previously untreated with opioid analgesics.


In the dose-titration period (Period I), the 1-day formulation (0.84 mg x day(-1)) was applied for 2 days. If pain relief was insufficient, the dose was titrated, and the success rate was evaluated. In the double-blind period (Period II), the efficacies of the 1-day and the 3-day formulations for pain control were compared.


The dose-titration success rate of the 1-day formulation was 80.6%, and its analgesic effect was comparable to that of the 3-day formulation. Moreover, tolerability of the 1-day formulation was good. Adverse events occurring in the patients were those generally seen after treatments with opioid analgesics, and severe symptoms were also reported.


Dose titration of the 1-day formulation was accomplished in a short period in patients with cancer pain who had been previously untreated with opioid analgesics; the efficacy of the formulation for pain control after repeated dosing was comparable to that of the 3-day formulation, and its tolerability was good. However, it was considered that the 1-day formulation should be used in patients with good tolerability to opioid analgesics. Further, for safety reasons, the dose should not be increased for at least 2 days after the initial application and the last dose increase.

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