[ Pharmaceutical Sciences Asia - ONLINE ]
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[ Journal Abbreviation: Pharm.Sci.Asia ]
Mahidol University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  FORMER NAME   "Mahidol University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences" Published Since 1974


Pharm Sci Asia ; 35(1),

Usage Pattern of Opioid Injections for Inpatient at a Regional Hospital in Thailand

S. Pansang, S. Maphanta* and N. Jeanpeerapong


Opioids have been considered as agents of choice for severe pain management. Current literatures reported different usage patterns of opioids in some countries, primarily due to fear of morphine addiction and its respiratory depression. Pethidine is generally not recommended for pain management due to its toxicity. We are reporting the usage pattern of opioid injections in a regional hospital in Thailand over a 2-month period. A total of 1,498 opioid injections were prescribed for 1,345 patients. Sixty-two percents of the patients were female, and had a mean age of 42 ? 19.07 years old. The most common prescribed indications were for obstetric and gynecologic procedure and pethidine was the most frequently prescribed injectable opioid for pain. Proper safeguard is needed to ensure safe use of pethidine in Thailand.


fentanyl, injection opioids, meperidine, morphine, narcotics, pethidine, prescribing pattern, tramadol, severe pain

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