Pain Relief Options – Fentanyl
Fentanyl is a drug similar to morphine and pethidine. It is a commonly used pain relief medicine during labour.
Fentanyl is a drug similar to morphine and pethidine. It is a commonly used pain relief medicine during labour. For more information about how it works, how it can be given as well as its benefits and side effects please watch this video.
Would you like to share your experiences of using fentanyl during labour? If you have recently had your baby at the Women's and Children's or been a support person for someone who did and would like to share your story, please get in touch via email. Your details will remain anonymous.
Email address: HealthCYWHSAnaesthesiaWB@sa.gov.au
Please note: The Women's and Children's Hospital does not use pethidine or diamorphine. A similar medicine, fentanyl, is given into a small cannula under the skin. The amount of pain relief achieved and the side effects are very similar to those described for pethidine and diamorphine.