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Fortral

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Generic Name: Pentazocine
Product Name: Fortral

Indication

Pentazocine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain

Action

Pentazocine is an opioid medication.

Opioids act on opioid receptors in the nervous system to reduce the sensation of pain.

As well as relieving pain, Pentazocine also decreases breathing and causes constipation

Above a certain dose an increase in the dose of Pentazocine will not produce an increase in pain relief and may even reduce the amount of pain relief

Dose advice

Oral dosing: 25â??100 mg every 3â??4 hours. The maximum recommended daily dose is 600 mg

Intravenous dosing: 30 mg every 3â??4 hours. The maximum recommended daily dose is 240 mg

Subcutaneous or intramuscular dosing: 45â??60 mg every 3â??4 hours. The maximum recommended daily dose is 360 mg.

Schedule

S8, except NSW: S4

Common side effects

Hallucinations
Though disturbances
Rash
Nausea and vomiting
Drowsiness
Dry mouth
Dizziness and light-headedness when moving form a lying to standing position
Difficulty urinating
Constipation with prolonged use
Constriction of pupils

Uncommon side effects

Decreased breathing
Confusion
Hives
Itching
Hypothermia
Slowing or speeding up of the heart rate
Abdominal pain
Rigid muscles
Flushing

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For further information talk to your doctor.

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Dates

Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 1 January, 1970


Created by: myVMC