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Randomized Controlled Trial of Intravenous Acetaminophen for Postcesarean Delivery Pain Control

Altenau, B.; Crisp, C.C.; Devaiah, C.G.; Lambers, D.S.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000527062.81529.c0
Anesthesia and Analgesia: Postoperative Analgesia

(Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017;217(3):362.e1–362.e6)

Postcesarean delivery pain management regimens are usually multimodal and include the use of regional anesthesia, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen, and/or narcotic medications. Although intravenous (IV) acetaminophen has been shown to decrease narcotic consumption in the management of acute pain, there are limited studies on its use in the field of obstetrics for postcesarean delivery pain management. In the present study, the authors hypothesized that IV acetaminophen administration postcesarean delivery would reduce narcotic consumption 48 hours postoperatively.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, TriHealth Hospitals, Cincinnati, OH

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