Fentanyl: Fentanyl is a synthetic narcotic similar to Morphine or Demerol and provides moderate to mild sedation. The advantages of using Fentanyl include:
Intrathecal Fentanyl is the placement of fentanyl, into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. This is different from an epidural in which medication is placed into the epidural space. Intrathecal Fentanyl is a one-time injection into the spinal column similar to an epidural.
How can Fentanyl affect my baby or myself?
You and your baby may experience some sedation and/or nausea. According to Danforth’s Obstetrics and Gynecology 9th edition, baby’s born to mothers who used Fentanyl to relieve pain during labor were less likely to need Narcan (medication to help with breathing) then babies born to mothers who used Demerol during childbirth
Medication can be given in any of the following ways:
Reprinted with permission from American Pregnancy Association