• Remifentanil may halve the need for epidural

    2 monthes ago - By Healio

    Women in labor receiving IV remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia were half as likely to need a subsequent epidural than those receiving intramuscular pethidine injection, which is the current standard of care, according to data published in The Lancet.
    “Previous studies have shown that at least one in three women given pethidine to manage pain during labor require a subsequent epidural as the drug is not always effective. It also has unwanted side effects such as sedation and nausea for the mother, and it may pass into the baby's bloodstream through the placenta,”
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  • Pregnant women could be spared epidurals if NHS changed painkiller

    Pregnant women could be spared epidurals if NHS changed painkiller

    3 monthes ago - By Daily Mail

    Experts say remifentanil is more effective than the injection, pethidine, given to 250,000 women in a year. Forty per cent of women in the UK end up needing an epidural after the pain relief anyway.
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