Instanyl is a medicine used to treat breakthrough pain in adults with cancer. Breakthrough pain is when a patient experiences additional, sudden pain in spite of ongoing treatment with painkillers. Instanyl is used in patients who are already using opioids (a group of painkillers that includes morphine and fentanyl) to control long-term cancer pain.
Instanyl contains the active substance fentanyl.
Instanyl : EPAR - Medicine overview (PDF/81.25 KB)
First published: 30/07/2009
Last updated: 23/07/2019
Instanyl : EPAR - Risk-management-plan summary (PDF/108.61 KB)
First published: 23/07/2019
Last updated: 23/04/2020
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Takeda Pharma A/S
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Delta Park 45
16/09/2022 Instanyl - EMEA/H/C/000959 - IB/0070/G
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Instanyl is indicated for the management of breakthrough pain in adults already receiving maintenance opioid therapy for chronic cancer pain. Breakthrough pain is a transitory exacerbation of pain that occurs on a background of otherwise controlled persistent pain.
Patients receiving maintenance opioid therapy are those who are taking at least 60 mg of oral morphine daily, at least 25 micrograms of transdermal fentanyl per hour, at least 30 mg oxycodone daily, at least 8 mg of oral hydromorphone daily or an equianalgesic dose of another opioid for a week or longer.