Buprenorphine SR™is an injectable, patented, sustained-release polymer system designed to release Buprenorphine over a 72-hour period.
Buprenorphine has produced excellent analgesic results in broad clinical applications for cats, dogs, exotic species and laboratory animals. This thebaine derivative provides analgesia for management of perioperative / postoperative pain, as well as painful joint injuries, fractures, tissue inflammation due to infection, tissue necrosis and trauma resulting from wounds. Amelioration of postsurgical pain has been substantiated in a variety of species1. Due to its long duration of action, it is one of the most widely used opioid analgesics in veterinary clinical practices.2,3,4
Key Features of Buprenorphine SR™
- Provides sustained release delivery of Buprenorphine in a fully biodegradable liquid polymer matrix
- Provides a consistent 72-hour release profile with consistent drug absorption
- Provides blood levels greater than 1 nanogram/mL for post operative analgesia
- Formulation can be injected subcutaneously through a 22-gauge need
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Common Name: Buprenorphine Hydrochloride
Chemical Name: 6,14-Ethenomorphinan-7-methanol, 17-(cyclopropylmethyl)- alpha-(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4,5-epoxy-18,19-dihydro-3-hydroxy-6-methoxy-alpha-methyl-, hydrochloride, [5alpha, 7alpha (S)]
Buprenorphine is a thebaine derivative with powerful analgesia approximately
twenty-five to forty times as potent as morphine, and its analgesic effect is due to partial agonist activity at μ-opioid receptors (i.e., when the molecule binds to a receptor, it is only partially activated in contrast to a full agonist such as morphine). Buprenorphine also has very high binding affinity for the μ receptor such that opioid receptor antagonists (e.g. naloxone) only partially reverse its effects.
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2. Capner CA, Lascelles BDX and Waterman-Pearson AE. 1999. Current British veterinary attitudes to peri-operative analgesia for dogs. Veterinary Record 458 145:95-99.
3. Dohoo SE and Dohoo IR1996 Factors influencing the postoperative use of analgesics in dogs and cats by Canadian veterinarians.CanVetJ 37:552-56
4. Watson AD, Nicholson A, Church DB and Pearson MR. 1996. Use of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs in dogs and cats. Aust Vet J 74:203-210.