|||the postoperative management of pain following general surgery, thoracic or orthopaedic procedures and Caesarean sections.|
|||as an analgesic adjunct to epidural bupivacaine with or without adrenaline during labour and vaginal deliveries.|
|Proper placement of a needle or catheter in the epidural space should be verified before SUFENTA is injected to assure that unintentional intravascular or intrathecal administration does not occur. Unintentional intravascular injection of SUFENTA could result in potentially serious overdose including acute truncal muscular rigidity and apnoea. Unintentional intrathecal injection of the full sufentanil, bupivacaine epidural doses and volume could produce effects of high spinal anaesthesia including prolonged paralysis and delayed recovery. If analgesia is inadequate, the placement and integrity of the catheter should be verified prior to administration of any additional epidural medications. SUFENTA should be administered by slow injection.|
With epidural administration, caution should be exercised in the presence of respiratory depression and in the presence of foetal distress. Epidural administration requires that the patient should be in a high care environment with continuous supervision.
The patient should be closely monitored for at least 2 hours after each dose, as early respiratory depression may occur.