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Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in infants. A survey of members of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.
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PMID:  17474954     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used as perioperative analgesics. Many are currently used off label. Diclofenac is currently licensed for use in children over 1 year of age for the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, while ibuprofen is licensed for use in children weighing over 7 kg. The dose and interval in children is currently extrapolated from adult studies, as the pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) data are lacking in infants. METHODS: A postal questionnaire was sent to members of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetist of Great Britain and Ireland seeking to clarify members' prescribing patterns of NSAIDs, especially in infants. Information regarding the choice of NSAIDS, route of administration, lower age limit, dose interval, dose and practice in two specific perioperative contexts (adenotonsillectomy and open heart surgery) was sought. RESULTS: The response rate was 80%. NSAIDs are used by 86% of responders in infants. Diclofenac is most commonly used intraoperatively (78%); while ibuprofen (73%) was used more frequently postoperatively. NSAIDs are used by 21% of respondents in ICU. Commonest routes of administration were oral (81%) and rectal (80%), rarely intravenously (9%). The commonest dose for diclofena is 1 mg x kg(-1) (59%); the dosing schedule employed being 8 hourly in 53% of cases. NSAIDs are used by 57% of responders as part of their analgesic regime for adenotonsillectomies. CONCLUSION: Members of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland commonly prescribe NSAIDs in infants. This is despite the dearth of PK and PD data in this age group.
Nicholas Eustace; Brendan O'Hare
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Paediatric anaesthesia     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1155-5645     ISO Abbreviation:  Paediatr Anaesth     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-03     Completed Date:  2007-07-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206575     Medline TA:  Paediatr Anaesth     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  464-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesiology / methods,  statistics & numerical data*
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use*
Drug Utilization / statistics & numerical data*
Great Britain
Health Care Surveys*
Infant, Newborn
Pediatrics / methods,  statistics & numerical data*
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0/Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal

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