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an opioid analgesic of rapid onset and short duration derived from fentanyl; the hydrochloride salt is used as a primary agent for induction of general anesthesia, as an adjunct in maintenance of general anesthesia, and as an adjunct to regional or local anesthesia.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005