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J Healthc Eng


Opioid-Free Labor Analgesia: Dexmedetomidine as an Adjuvant Combined with Ropivacaine.


Gao W, Wang J, Zhang Z, He H, Li H, Hou R, Zhao L, Gaichu D M
J Healthc Eng. 2022; 2022:2235025.
PMID: 35392153.


Side effects of the use of opioid analgesics during painless delivery are the main factors that affect rapid postpartum recovery. Opioid use can result in dangerous respiratory depression in the patient. Opioids can also disrupt the baby's breathing and heart rate. The nonopioid analgesic dexmedetomidine, a new a2-adrenergic agonist, possesses higher selectivity, greater analgesic effects, and fewer side effects. Moreover, epidural administration of dexmedetomidine also reduces local anesthetic consumption.