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Absorbed through the skin

Fentanyl skin patch is used to treat severe pain, including acute pain following surgery. Ionsys® is applied by your healthcare provider in a hospital… Read more

Brand names include: Duragesic, Duragesic Mat

By injection

Fentanyl injection is used to relieve severe pain during and after surgery. It is also used with other medicines just before or during an operation to… Read more

Brand names include: Sublimaze, fentaNYL Citrate Novaplus

Into the mouth

Fentanyl is used to treat severe pain in cancer patients. It is used for breakthrough cancer pain, which are flares of pain that “break through” after… Read more

Brand names include: Abstral, Actiq

Into the nose

Fentanyl nasal spray is used to treat breakthrough cancer pain. Breakthrough episodes of cancer pain are the flares of pain which “breaks through” the… Read more

Brand names include: Lazanda

Drug classes About this
Analgesic, Anesthetic Adjunct
Combinations including this drug

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Fentanyl for neuropathic pain in adults

There is no good evidence to support or refute the suggestion that fentanyl works in any neuropathic pain condition.

Transdermal fentanyl for cancer pain

Fentanyl patches placed on the skin produced good pain relief for most people with moderate or severe cancer pain.

Impact of morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone or codeine on patient consciousness, appetite and thirst when used to treat cancer pain

Care pathways are packages of care designed to ensure that patients have appropriate and effective care in particular situations. Such pathways are commonly used, and often produce good results, but they can also be used as a tick box solution that acts as a barrier to good care. Care pathways have been used to ensure appropriate care for people who are dying in hospice settings.

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Summaries for consumers

Fentanyl for neuropathic pain in adults

There is no good evidence to support or refute the suggestion that fentanyl works in any neuropathic pain condition.

Transdermal fentanyl for cancer pain

Fentanyl patches placed on the skin produced good pain relief for most people with moderate or severe cancer pain.

Impact of morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone or codeine on patient consciousness, appetite and thirst when used to treat cancer pain

Care pathways are packages of care designed to ensure that patients have appropriate and effective care in particular situations. Such pathways are commonly used, and often produce good results, but they can also be used as a tick box solution that acts as a barrier to good care. Care pathways have been used to ensure appropriate care for people who are dying in hospice settings.

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