Morphine sulfate and oxycodone hydrochloride are commonly used for pain management because of their pharmacologic profile, pharmacokinetics, and analgesic potency. However, opioids are associated with a significant adverse event (AE) burden that limits their use in both the acute and the chronic pain settings.Summary.
Co-administration of opioids demonstrated synergistic analgesia and reduced side effects. Thus, dual-opioid therapy has the potential to enhance the positive analgesic benefits of opioids, while limiting the burden of opioid-related AEs. This symposium proceedings was based on presentations at the 13th World Congress on Pain in August 2010.Conclusions.
This program will review the rationale for dual-opioid therapy based on preclinical findings and data from clinical studies showing the efficacy and tolerability profile of a dual-opioid formulation when used to treat acute postoperative pain.