Revisiting Oxycodone Analgesia: A Review and Hypothesis.

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Ruan X, Mancuso KF, Kaye AD

Revisiting Oxycodone Analgesia: A Review and Hypothesis.

Anesthesiol Clin. 2017 Jun;35(2):e163-e174. doi: 10.1016/j.anclin.2017.01.022. Epub 2017 Mar 14.

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Oxycodone, a semisynthetic opioid analgesic, is widely used in clinical practice. Oxycodone and morphine seem to be equally effective and equipotent; however, morphine is 10 times more potent than oxycodone when given epidurally. This article provides an updated review of the basic pharmacology of oxycodone with a special focus on pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics properties. The controversy regarding oxycodone-mediated effects for visceral pain via agonism and the possible role of peripheral opioid analgesia are discussed in the present investigation in an attempt to propose a plausible explanation to the perplexing question of oxycodone analgesia.

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