The effect of nefopam on postoperative fentanyl consumption: A randomized, double-blind study

Jee Youn Moon, Sang Sik Choi, Shin Young Lee, Mi Kyung Lee, Jung Eun Kim, Ji Eun Lee, So Hyun Lee

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    Background: Nefopam is a non-opioid, non-steroidal, centrally acting analgesic drug. The concomitant use of opioids and nefopam is believed to have many advantages over the administration of opioids alone for postoperative pain management. We conducted a randomized, double-blind study to determine the fentanylsparing effect of co-administration of nefopam with fentanyl for postoperative pain management via patient controlled analgesia (PCA). Methods: Ninety female patients who underwent laparoscopic total hysterectomy under general anesthesia were randomized into 3 groups, Group A, fentanyl 1,000 μg; Group B, fentanyl 500 μg + nefopam 200 mg; and Group C, fentanyl 500 μg + nefopam 400 mg, in a total volume of 100 ml PCA to be administered over the first 48 h postoperatively without basal infusion. The primary outcome was total fentanyl consumption during 48 h; secondary outcomes included pain scores and incidence of side effects. Results: Eighty-one patients were included in the analysis. The overall fentanyl-sparing effects of PCA with concomitant administration of nefopam during the first 48 h postoperatively were 54.5% in Group B and 48.9% group C. Fentanyl use was not significantly different between Groups B and C despite the difference in the nefopam dose. There were no differences among the three groups in terms of PCA-related side effects, although the overall sedation score of Group B was significantly lower than that of Group A. Conclusions: The concomitant administration of nefopam with fentanyl for postoperative pain management may allow reduction of fentanyl dose, thereby reducing the risk of opioid-related adverse effects.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)110-118
    Number of pages9
    JournalKorean Journal of Pain
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Deep sedation
    • Double blind study
    • Hysterectomy
    • Nefopam
    • Opioids
    • Pain measurement
    • Patient-controlled analgesia
    • Postoperative pain

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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