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Revision Questions: Analgesics (Preview)

Sample Questions

  1. True or false: Opioids may be used for the treatment of severe pain due to herpes zoster infection.
  2. True or false: Contact of Norspan patches with direct sources of heat such as electric blankets, heat pads, heat lamps, saunas may affect the release and absorption rate of fentanyl.
  3. Which opioid analgesic can be used in severe renal impairment?
  4. Can controlled release tablets be crushed or chewed?
  5. Can controlled release capsules be crushed or chewed?

Sample Answers

  1. True
  2. False. The statement is true but there is a mismatch between the generic and brand name. Norspan patches contain buprenorphine. Durogesic patches contain fentanyl.
  3. Fentanyl may be used in severe renal impairment because it has no active or toxic metabolites.
  4. No, controlled release tablets must be swallowed whole. They should not be crushed or chewed.
  5. Yes, pellets in controlled release capsules may be sprinkled on soft food or mixed with 30mL liquid.

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