New Drugs in Palliative Care - Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Dr Chloe Webb Palliative Care Registrar Beaumont Hospital Drugs Covered Targin Pecfent Durogesic Dtrans Buprenorphine Effentora Transtec Palexia Butrans
Oxynorm Dispersa Relistor Targin Targin Indication Opioid analgesic Combines oxycodone with opioid antagonist naloxone Naloxone is added to counteract opioidinduced constipation - Blocks the action of oxycodone at opioid receptors locally in the gut. Oral use Twice daily dose Targin
Recommended starting dose in opioid nave patients - 10 mg/5 mg oxycodone/naloxone BD Max daily dose of Targin - 80 mg/40mg. If higher doses required consider administration of supplemental oxycodone hydrochloride prolongedrelease at the same time. Beneficial effect of naloxone hydrochloride on bowel function may be impaired with additional oxycodone PecFent Fentanyl Nasal Spray Indication Management of breakthrough pain in adults already receiving maintenance opioid therapy for chronic cancer pain 60mg PO morphine daily, 25mcg/hr TD fentanyl,
30mg PO oxycodone daily, 8mg PO hydromorphone daily PecFent Nasal mucosa is highly vascularised with a large surface area Lipophilic drugs such as fentanyl are rapidly and extensively absorbed Avoids first pass metabolism and issues with oral pathologies e.g. nausea / vomiting or dry / ulcerated buccal membrane
PecFent Available in two strengths: Yellow pack 100mcg/spray strength Violet pack 400mcg/spray strength Pecfent Starting dose of 100 mcg (one spray) Titrated to an effective dose At least 4 hours before further dose
of PecFent can be used. Review background opioid treatment if >4 episodes of breakthrough pain/ 24hrs Patient Instructions Blow your nose if you feel you need to Sit down with head upright Put the nozzle a short distance (about 1 cm) into your nostril Close the other nostril with a finger from your other hand
Spray (listen for the click) Stay sitting for at least 1 minute after using the nasal spray Do not blow your nose straight after using the PecFent nasal spray Effentora Effentora Buccal Fentanyl Indication
Treatment of breakthrough pain in patients with cancer already receiving maintenance opioid therapy for chronic cancer pain. 60mg PO morphine daily, 25mcg/hr TD fentanyl, 30mg PO oxycodone daily, 8mg PO hydromorphone daily Effentora Individually titrated to an effective/ maintenance dose The effective dose of Effentora is not predictable from the daily maintenance dose of opioid. At least 4 hours between doses May require readjustment of maintenance dose
Effentora - Titration 100mcg initially - If pain still present within 30mins - Give 2nd same strength Effentora tablet. Increase dose to the next strength to treat the next episode of pain. Multiple tablets may be used to treat a
single episode of pain - up to four 100mcgs - up to four 200mcgs Doses >800mcgs were not evaluated in clinical studies. Effentora How to use it! Blister pack (peel open) Place tablet above an upper rear molar between cheek and the gum/sublingually Dissolves/disintergrates in ~15-25mins Shouldnt be sucked or chewed If any tablet remains after 30mins
swallow with a glass of water Palexia Palexia Tapentadol Indication Relief of moderate to severe acute & chronic pain in adults -opioid receptor agonist & noradrenaline reuptake- inhibition Nociceptive, neuropathic, visceral and inflammatory pain Mainly evidence supports use in nociceptive pain conditions including postoperative orthopaedic & abdominal pain, also chronic pain due to osteoarthritis
(hip/knee). Palexia SR Starting dose - 50mg tapentadol BD (12hrs apart). Increase in increments of 50 mg tapentadol SR twice daily every 3 days Titrate dose to provide adequate analgesia with minimal undesirable effects Palexia Non-Opioid Dose Independent
Tramadol PO (mg/d) < 400mg 400 600mg 600mg Oxycodone PO (mg/d) < 40mg 40 60mg 60 80mg
Morphine PO (mg/d) < 80mg 80 120mg 120 160mg Hydromorphone < 12mg PO (mg/d) 12 16mg 16 20mg Fentanyl TD
50mg BD 100mg BD 150mg BD Oxynorm Dispersa Orodispersible oxycodone Indication Treatment of severe pain/breakthrough pain Oral use Taken every 4-6hours as needed Dissolves on tongue Relistor Methylnaltrexone
bromide Subcutaneous injection Indication Treatment of opioidinduced constipation in palliative care patients when response to usual laxative therapy has not been sufficient Given on top of usual laxatives Relistor Dose Recommended dose - 8 mg (0.4 ml) for patients weighing 38-61 kg - 12 mg (0.6 ml) for patients weighing 62-114 kg - Patients whose weight falls outside these
ranges should be dosed at 0.15 mg/kg. Induces prompt bowel motion Single dose alternate days. Doses may also be given with longer intervals, as per clinical need. Rotate injection sites (upper arms & legs, abdomen) Relistor Use with caution in patients with known or suspected GI lesions. - Increased risk of GI perforation Advise patients to discontinue and consult their doctor if they develop severe, persistent, and/or worsening abdominal symptoms (GI perforation). Note concomitant medications [e.g.
bevacizumab (AVASTIN), NSAIDs and steroids] Durogesic Durogesic Transdermal fentanyl patch Indication Management of chronic intractable pain in patients requiring opioid analgesia Reapplied every 72hours Initial dose - based on the patient's current opioid use. Recommended that Durogesic DTrans be used in opioid tolerant patients
Durogesic DTrans Opioid-tolerant patients Use Equianalgesic potency conversion chart to convert from PO/parenteral opioids to Durogesic Dtrans. Dose may be titrated up or down - increments of 12/25 g/h - achieve the lowest appropriate dose of Durogesic Dtrans - depends on response and supplementary analgesic requirements. Durogesic Dtrans Oral 24hr Dose (g/h)
1035-1124 300 175-185 Durogesic DTrans Opioid-nave patients The normal initial Durogesic DTrans dosage should not exceed 25 g/h. Recommended that patients be titrated with low doses of immediate-release opioids (e.g., morphine, oxycodone) to attain equianalgesic dose relative to Durogesic 12/25 g/h TD fentanyl is licensed for use as a 1st line strong opioid severe dysphagia, renal failure
high risk of diversion and tablet misuse. Durogesic Patient Instruction Apply to upper arm or chest area Dont apply patch in same place twice in a row Clean and dry skin Takes 18-24hr to become therapeutic intially 1.Open the pouch tear off edge of pouch 2.Mind not to tear patch 3.Peel off backing try not to touch sticky side 4.Press onto skin firmly (hold for 30secs) 5.Wash your hands Butrans & Transtec Transdermal Buprenorphine Indication
Pain of moderate to severe intensity Alternative to both weak opioids and morphine Not suitable for the treatment of acute pain Take into account previous opioid history Opioid naive pts prescribe lowest strength (5mcg/h) Buprenorphine Butrans Transtec 7 day patch 4 day patch Doses available
5, 10 and 20mcg/h Doses available 35, 52.5, 70mcg/h Onset of action 1824h Onset of action 21h for 35mcg/h patch; 11h for 70mcg/h patch Peak plasma concentration Peak plasma concentration 3 days 60 hrs
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