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Using opioids for pain relief during pregnancy

10 August 2022Opioid analgesics may be used at any stage of pregnancy at the lowest effective dose for the short-term relief of pain when other analgesics are not effective

Example medicines to prescribe by brand name in primary care

27 March 2022Prescribe certain medicines by brand to ensure supply of the same product. Examples are grouped by therapeutic area. The list of products is not exhaustive.

How should medicines be dosed in children who are obese?

28 May 2021Review on how to calculate medicine doses in children who are obese which includes a table on commonly prescribed medicines.

Safety in Lactation: Opioid analgesics

21 October 2020The evidence relating to the safe use of opioid analgesics in breastfeeding mothers is very variable between individual drugs. This group of drugs presents a…

Safety in Lactation: Sedative and analgesic peri-operative drugs

25 September 2020Benzodiazepines are used for premedication and for conscious sedation during surgery. Following short–term therapy (1-2 doses) for these indications, it is considered that breastfeeding can…
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Medicine Compliance Aid Stability

AbstralKiyowa Kiren

Kiyowa Kiren
Abstral
Tablets sublingual - various strengths
R2 · Red 2Drug is not suitable for CAs due to theoretical reasons that cannot be mitigated.
Unsuitable
Designed for sublingual administration
17 November 2022

EffentoraTeva

Teva
Effentora
Buccal tablets - various strengths
R2 · Red 2Drug is not suitable for CAs due to theoretical reasons that cannot be mitigated.
Unsuitable
Unsuitable for MCA as hygroscopic buccal tablets designed for sublingual administration.
17 November 2022

ActiqTeva

Teva
Actiq
Lozenge (buccal) - various strengths
R2 · Red 2Drug is not suitable for CAs due to theoretical reasons that cannot be mitigated.
Unsuitable
Unsuitable for MCA as hygroscopic buccal tablets, which should not be swallowed.
17 November 2022

Lactation Safety Information

Tablets / Lozenges / Nasal spray / Transdermal for pain

Tablets / Lozenges / Nasal spray / Transdermal
for pain
Small amounts in breast milk probably due to short half-life
Although adverse effects in infant are not likely, infant monitoring advised, especially in young infants (see summary)
22 September 2020

Injection for use during surgery

Injection
for use during surgery
Yes
Small amounts in breast milk probably due to short half-life
22 September 2020