Indian Journal of Anaesthesia

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 241-

Response to comments: Nebulised fentanyl for post-operative pain relief, a prospective double-blind controlled randomised clinical trial


Anil P Singh, Rajesh Meena, V Rastogi 
 Department of Anaesthesia, IMS, BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Anil P Singh
Department of Anaesthesia, IMS, BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
India




How to cite this article:
Singh AP, Meena R, Rastogi V. Response to comments: Nebulised fentanyl for post-operative pain relief, a prospective double-blind controlled randomised clinical trial.Indian J Anaesth 2014;58:241-241


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Singh AP, Meena R, Rastogi V. Response to comments: Nebulised fentanyl for post-operative pain relief, a prospective double-blind controlled randomised clinical trial. Indian J Anaesth [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Aug 8 ];58:241-241
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Sir,

We are grateful to Mather (Reference of article IJA_673_13) [1] for his critical analysis of our paper on post-operative nebulised fentanyl [2] and we offer our views on his comments.

The reader has commented that their study was performed with pharmacokinetic aims, on healthy volunteers and reached similar conclusion using morphine. [3],[4] We studied differences in the onset of therapeutic effect of nebulised and intravenous fentanyl.

The authors (in the cited study) [3] have clearly explained the methods of aerosol drug delivery used to administer pulmonary morphine and fentanyl and concluded that both amount and rate of bioavailability of aerosolised drug pulmonary administration depend on aerosolised particle size. We performed a clinical study and particle size of nebulised fentanyl was not measured while reader has suggested that particle size of 8-10 μ m is more efficacious for pulmonary aerosol drug delivery.

The insight by Mather et al. on pulmonary drug administration will help in future studies based on particle size of aerosolised drug. We are thankful to the author for correction of our citation.

References

1Mather LE. Postoperative nebulised fentanyl. Indian J Anaesth 2014;58:240-41.
2Singh AP, Jena SS, Meena RK, Tewari M, Rastogi V. Nebulised fentanyl for post-operative pain relief, a prospective double-blind controlled randomised clinical trial. Indian J Anaesth 2013;57:583-6.
3Mather LE, Woodhouse A, Ward ME, Farr SJ, Rubsamen RA, Eltherington LG. Pulmonary administration of aerosolised fentanyl: Pharmacokinetic analysis of systemic delivery. Br J Clin Pharmacol 1998;46:37-43.
4Ward ME, Woodhouse A, Mather LE, Farr SJ, Okikawa JK, Lloyd P, et al. Morphine pharmacokinetics after pulmonary administration from a novel aerosol delivery system. Clin Pharmacol Ther 1997;62:596-609.