Pain management and weaning from narcotics and sedatives


Pain management and weaning from narcotics and sedatives


Ganea GR; Bogue CW


Current Opinion In Pediatrics




Child; Attitude of Health Personnel; Drug Administration Schedule; Human; Analgesics/pharmacology/therapeutic use; Analgesia/trends; Hypnotics and Sedatives/administration & dosage; Narcotics/administration & dosage; Pain/psychology/therapy; Physician's Practice Patterns/standards/trends


Over the last 10 years, there has been a fundamental change in physicians' attitudes toward analgesia and sedation in pediatrics. In this time, basic and clinical research have provided a wealth of information. In this paper we review important advances registered in the past year, including new molecular and physiological mechanisms of antinociception and sedation, behavioral and psychoemotional implications of pain, and advances in the clinical practice of pediatric analgesia and sedation. Fortunately, the attitude of physicians toward these matters has changed significantly and much more attention is now paid to the alleviation of pain and provision of adequate sedation. However, there remains, according to most estimates, incongruity between these advances and what is practiced clinically.


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Ganea GR; Bogue CW, “Pain management and weaning from narcotics and sedatives,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed April 17, 2024,