Fentanyl (Sublimaze) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Sublimaze?

fentany

What is the Trade Name for fentany?

Sublimaze

What are the Indications of Fentanyl (Sublimaze) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

supplement to general anesthesia, continuous IV infusion for purpose of analgesia

What are the Actions of Fentanyl (Sublimaze) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

binds to opiate receptors in CNS altering perception of pain, producing CNS depression

What is the Therapeutic Class of Fentanyl (Sublimaze) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Opioid Analgesic

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Fentanyl (Sublimaze) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

opioid agonists

What are the Nursing Considerations of Fentanyl (Sublimaze) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • use caution with increased ICP, head trauma, adrenal insufficiency
  • avoid use with MAOIs
  • may cause apnea, laryngospasm, decreased respirations, bradycardia, hypotension
  • do not consume grapefruit while taking this medication
  • monitor hemodynamics during administration
  • assess patient pain scale frequently

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