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Human Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2020 Jun 08

Eur J Anaesthesiol

Methadone for postoperative analgesia: contribution of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonism: A randomised controlled trial.


Tognoli E, Proto PL, Motta G, Galeone C, Mariani L, Valenza F
Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2020 Jun 08.
PMID: 32516227.


Over the past number of years, N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) inhibitory drugs, like ketamine, have been introduced as adjuvant treatments for postoperative acute pain, within a multimodal approach. A further extension of this strategy could be the use of opioids with NMDA receptor (NMDAr) antagonism activity for control of postoperative pain. Methadone has a unique pharmacodynamic profile: it is both a μ-agonist and an NMDAr-blocker.