Sufentanil sublingual tablet system for the management of postoperative pain

Rovnat Babazade, Alparslan Turan

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Introduction: Intravenous patient-controlled opioid analgesia has been an important improvement in addressing insufficient management of acute postoperative pain for over 40 years. However, there are number of weaknesses for intravenous patient-controlled analgesia, including operator and device error, intravenous line patency issues, and risk of catheter-related infection, all of which contribute to the complications and increase in cost of care. The sublingual sufentanil tablet system is a major evolution in both drug and technological management of postoperative pain. Areas covered: We reviewed the use of the sublingual sufentanil tablet system in management of moderate to severe postoperative pain in hospitalized patients, with a particular focus on the pharmacological properties of sufentanil and clinical use in different surgical patients. Expert opinion: The sublingual sufentanil tablet system can decrease intravenous opioid based patient-controlled analgesia related complications and safety issues. Current clinical studies have demonstrated this noninvasive-novel system to be safe and effective in management of acute pain in the postsurgical setting. Researchers should focus on comparing it with other available patient controlled analgesia modalities and evaluating the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the sublingual sufentanil tablet system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2351-2357
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 21 2016


  • Patient-controlled analgesia
  • postoperative pain
  • sublingual sufentanil treatment system
  • sufentanil
  • sufentanil metabolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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