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alfentanil/al·fen·ta·nil/ (al-fen´tah-nil) an opioid analgesic of rapid onset and short duration derived from fentanyl, used as the hydrochloride salt in the induction of general anesthesia and as an adjunct in general, regional, and local anesthesia.
alfentanilA potent, short-acting opioid analgaesic and fentanyl analogue which is 10-fold stronger than morphine. It is an OP3 mu agonist.
Mechanism of action
Modulation of the sympathetic response to endotracheal intubation and surgical stimulation.
Profound respiratory depression and skeletal muscle rigidity.
alfentanilAnesthesiology An opioid analgesic that is 10-fold more potent than morphine Cons Profound respiratory depression and skeletal muscle rigidity. See Opioid anesthetic. Cf Muscle relaxant.
alfentanilA narcotic analgesic drug used before and during anaesthesia. A brand name is Rapifen.
alfentanilA narcotic-type pain-killing drug. A brand name is Rapifen.
an opioid analgesic; a derivative of fentanyl with lower potency but more rapid action.