Intranasal Fentanyl

There is currently a national shortage of Intranasal Diamorphine therefore we are using Intranasal Fentanyl as a replacement.

Dose is 1.5micrograms/Kg for the initial dose and 0.75micrograms/kg 10 minutes later if required.

Drug Delivery

Draw up the appropriate dose plus 0.1ml to allow for the dead space in the Mucosal Atomizer Device

Attach the MAD to the syringe

Sit the child at 45 degrees insert MAD loosely into the nostril and press the plunger

Doses greater than 0.5ml should be split between 2 nostrils



  • Blocked nose due to upper respiratory illness or epistaxis
  • Respiratory depression
  •  Hypovolaemia
  • Altered consciousness
  • Hypersensitivity to fentanyl
  •  Children below 1 year old

Full Intranasal Fentanyl SOP

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