How is pain managed during labor?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Sarah Hagood Milton, MD; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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Agents given in intermittent doses for systemic pain control include the following [4] :

  • Meperidine, 25-50 mg IV every 1-2 hours or 50-100 mg IM every 2-4 hours

  • Fentanyl, 50-100 mcg IV every hour

  • Nalbuphine, 10 mg IV or IM every 3 hours

  • Butorphanol, 1-2 mg IV or IM every 4 hours

  • Morphine, 2-5 mg IV or 10 mg IM every 4 hours


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