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1 Intranasal Drug Delivery – Clinical Implications for Emergency Medicine and EMS

2 Lecture outline Why use intranasal medications?
Intranasal drug delivery: General concepts Intranasal drugs indications with clinical cases and personal insights: • Pain Control • Opiate overdose • Sedation • Epistaxis • Seizures • Nasopharyngeal procedures Drug doses Resources

3 Advantages of Nasal drugs
Ease of use and convenience Saves time / reduces resource utilization Rapidly effective - onset within 2-10 minutes Safe – No high peak serum levels yet rapidly therapeutic No special training is required to deliver the medication No shots are needed Painless No needle stick risk Extensive literature support Patients (& Parents & clinicians) really like this approach Faster care and discharge 3

4 Understanding IN delivery: General principles
First pass metabolism Nose brain pathway Bioavailability Safety vs IV drugs

5 First pass metabolism Nasal Mucosa: No first pass metabolism
Gut mucosa: Subject to first pass metabolism 5

6 Nose brain pathway Olfactory mucosa, nerve
The olfactory mucosa (smelling area in nose) is in direct contact with the brain and CSF. Medications absorbed across the olfactory mucosa directly enter the CSF. This area is termed the nose brain pathway and offers a rapid, direct route for drug delivery to the brain. Brain CSF Highly vascular nasal mucosa 6

7 Nose brain pathway 7

8 Bioavailability How much of the administered medication actually ends up in the blood stream. Examples: IV medications are 100% bioavailable by definition. Most oral medications are about 5%-10% bioavailable due to destruction in the gut and liver. Nasal medications vary depending on molecule, pH, etc Midazolam 75+% Fentanyl and Sufentanil 80+% Naloxone 90+% Lorazepam, ketamine, Romazicon, etc

9 Optimizing Bioavailability of IN drugs
Critical Concept Minimize volume - Maximize concentration 0.2 to 0.3 ml per nostril ideal, 1 ml is maximum Most potent (highly concentrated) drug should be used Maximize total absorptive mucosal surface area Use BOTH nostrils (doubles your absorptive surface area) Use a delivery system that maximizes mucosal coverage and minimizes run-off. Atomized particles across broad surface area 9

10 Dropper vs Atomizer Absorption Usability / acceptance
Drops = runs down to pharynx and swallowed Atomizer = sticks to broad mucosal surface and absorbs Usability / acceptance Drops = Minutes to give, cooperative patient, head position required Atomizer = seconds to deliver, better accepted

11 Dropper vs Atomizer Merkus 2006

12 Safety of Nasal drugs

13 Safety and onset of Nasal drugs

14 Intranasal Medications
What IN medications can we use in emergency medicine?

15 Nasal Drug Delivery: What Medications?
Pain control – Opiates Fentanyl, sufentanil, ? ketamine Sedation- Benzodiazepines, ά-2 Agonists Midazolam, dexmedetomidine Seizure Therapy – Benzodiazepines Midazolam, Lorazepam Opiate overdose - Naloxone Nasopharyngeal procedures and epistaxis Anesthetics, vasoconstrictors 15

16 Intranasal Medication Cases
Pain Control

17 Case: Pediatric Hand burn
A 5 year old burned her hand on the stove Clinical Needs: Pain control, debride and clean wound. Treatment: 2.0 mcg/kg of intranasal fentanyl (40 mcg – 0.8 ml of generic “IV” fentanyl) Within 3-5 minutes her pain is improved 15 minutes later the patient easily tolerates cleansing of the burn and dressing application. She is discharged with an oral pain killer one hour post triage. 17

18 Case: Injured ankle A 25 year old injured his ankle and has significant ankle swelling, bruising and pain. Clinical Needs: Pain control, x-ray, splint. Treatment: 0.5 mcg/kg of intranasal sufentanil (45 mcg – 0.9 ml of generic “IV” sufentanil) 5-10 minutes later the pain is gone and he is calm He is taken off to x-ray for diagnostic evaluation of his ankle, followed by a splint and referral to an orthopedist.

19 Case: MVC pinned in car A 35 year old male pinned in a car following an MVC. Bilateral upper arm fractures, femur fracture, likely other injuries. Screaming in pain. Clinical Needs: Pain control, sedation, rapid extraction, then IV access (cannot do so now). Treatment: 1.5 mcg/kg of intranasal fentanyl plus 5 mg IN midazolam In 7 minutes his pain is much better controlled and he is calmer Extraction requires 20 minutes, then full trauma assessment and care proceeds. 19

20 Literature to support this case - pediatrics
Nasal Intravenous Borland, Ann Emerg Med 2007 20

21 Literature to support this case - adults
Steenblik, Am J Emerg Med 2012 21

22 Intranasal Ketamine for pain ?: Literature support
US Army IN ketamine data Compared IN ketamine to IV morphine for severe pain IN ketamine (50 mg) as fast and as good as IV morphine (7.5 mg) w/o side effects.

23 Nasal The Doubters: Surely IN drugs can’t be as good as an injection for pain control! Intravenous ACTUALLY – They are equivalent or better (in these settings) Borland 2007 – IN fentanyl onset of action and quality of pain control was identical to IV morphine in patients with broken legs and arms Borland 2008, Holdgate 2010, Crellin time to delivery of IN opiates was half that of IV and more patients get treated Kendal 2001 – IN opiate superior to IM opiate for pain control Conclusions IN opiates are just as good as IV IN opiates are delivered in half the waiting time as IV IN opiate are preferred by patients, providers and parents over injections 23

24 Pain control – Literature support
Over a decade of prehospital and ER literature exists for burn, orthopedic trauma and visceral pain in both adults and children showing the following: Faster drug delivery (no IV start needed) so faster onset Equivalent to IV morphine Superior to IM morphine Care givers are more likely to treat pediatric severe pain Highly satisfied patients and providers Safe

25 IN opiates for Pain control – My insights
This is the most common use of IN drugs in my practice - daily. Generic concentrations available in U.S. work fine and are inexpensive ($1-4/vial) Great patient and parent satisfier: Rapid pain resolution with no need for a painful injection. Efficacy: Very effective – and it can be titrated. Use a pulse oximeter with sufentanil: Sufentanil is especially potent and must be treated with respect. Fentanyl seems fine and can safely be given with minimal risk Give an oral pain killer as well: It kicks in as IN drug wears off

26 Intranasal Medication Cases

27 Case: CT scan child A 5-year old boy requires a CT scan (computed tomography) of his head due to head injury. He does not have an IV in place and mildly agitated. He will not remain still enough to obtain quality images. The clinician administers topical lidocaine followed by 0.5 mg/kg of IN midazolam (or 2 ug/kg dexmedetomidine if longer duration of sedation is needed for MRI) and 10 minutes later he is dozing off and remains calm and still for the ct scan. 27

28 Case: Abscess Drainage
A 40 year old male complains of redness, swelling and pain on his thigh. Exam reveals a large pus filled abscess. Clinical Needs: Pain control, sedation, incision and drainage of the abscess Treatment: 40 mcg of IN sufentanil then 10 mg intranasal midazolam 15 minutes later he is asleep, mildly sedated The abscess is injected with lidocaine, incised, drained and packed and patient is discharged when awake.

29 Case: Excited Delirium
A 27-year old male is apprehended by police and paramedics for extremely violent, out of control behavior following use of crystal meth. He is at significant risk of injuring himself and others. It is too dangerous (needle stick risk) to give him an injection of sedatives. The paramedic administers 10 mg of IN midazolam and 7 minutes later he is calm and can be transported safely to the hospital. 29

30 Literature to support this case - pediatrics
Klein, Ann Emerg Med 2011 30

31 Sedation – Literature support
Hundreds of articles dating back into the 1980’s. Most used midazolam. Effective only if adequate dose is given (0.4 to 0.5 mg/kg) Burns upon application – pretreat with lignocaine Effective in children and adults (even exited delirium in EMS) Safe – no reports of respiratory depression

32 IN Benzos for sedation – my insights
Nasal Midazolam burns on application: Pretreat with lignocaine, warn the parents, this lasts seconds then dissipates Timing: Children become sedated at about 5-10 minutes, maximal at and starts to wear off at so be ready to do prep and suture or do procedure in this time frame. Efficacy: Sedation is not deep. OK for minor procedures, CT, ?MRI, not good enough for complex face laceration. More data needs to be obtained for lorazepam. 32

33 Intranasal Medication Cases
Seizure Control

34 Case: Seizing child The ambulance is transporting a 13 y.o. girl suffering a grand mal seizure. Despite trying, no IV can be successfully established. Rectal diazepam is unsuccessful at controlling the seizure. IV attempts in the clinic / hospital are also unsuccessful. However, on patient arrival a dose of nasal midazolam (Versed, Dormicum) is given and within 3 minutes of drug delivery the child stops seizing. 34

35 Seizure Therapy - Literature support
Lahat 2000; Fisgin 2002; Holsti 2006; Ahmad 2006; Arya 2011; Holsti 2011; Javadzadeh 2012; Thakker 2012: IN midazolam is superior to rectal diazepam for seizure control and is preferred by care givers IN midazolam is superior to intramuscular injection of paraldehyde IN midazolam/lorazepam is equivalent to intravenous delivery for stopping seizures, much faster at stopping them due to no IV start needed and it leads to less respiratory depression IN midazolam can be delivered by family at home safely and effectively

36 Onset of nasal vs buccal seizure drugs (Time of onset matters)
Anderson 2011: IN vs buccal lorazepam

37 The Doubters: Surely IN drugs can’t be as good as IV for seizures!
ACTUALLY – They are equivalent or better (in these settings) Lahat 00, Mahmoudian 04, Arya 11, Thakker 12, Javadzadeh 12 – IV and IN are equivalent for stopping seizures rapidly, but IN works faster due to no delays Holsti 2007, Fisgin 2002 – IN is superior to rectal Holsti 2011 – IN is safe at home with immediate results Conclusions IN seizure medication are just as good as IV, better than rectal IN seizure medication are delivered much more rapidly so seizure stops sooner. Anyone (Parents, care givers, nursing home staff, ambulance driver, etc.) can administer the medication so seizure length is shorter. 37

38 IN benzodiazepines for seizures – My insights
Very effective, very fast: Rapid seizure resolution without IV access. Should be first line therapy in ALL prolonged acute seizures while IV access is being established (if at all) Effective and safe at home, in EMS setting, in hospital More effective, less expensive and preferred by providers when compared to alternative (rectal diazepam).

39 Intranasal Medication Cases
Opiate Overdose

40 Case: Heroin Overdose The ambulance responds to an unconscious, barely breathing patient with obvious intravenous drug needle marks on both arms – consistent with heroin overdose After an IV is established, naloxone (Narcan) is administered and the patient is successfully resuscitated. Unfortunately, the medic suffers a contaminated needle stick while establishing the IV. The patient admits to being infected with both HIV and hepatitis C. He remains alert for 2 hours with no further therapy in the ED (i.e.- no need for an IV) and is discharged.

41 Case: Heroin Overdose The medic now needs treatment - HIV prophylaxis
The next few months will be difficult for him: Side effects that accompany HIV medications Personal life is in turmoil due to issues of safe sex with his spouse Mental anguish of waiting to see if he develops HIV or hepatitis C. He wonders why his system is not using LMA-MAD nasal to deliver naloxone on all these patients.

42 Opiate overdose – Literature support
Intranasal naloxone literature Barton 02, 05; Kelly 05; Robertson 09; Kerr 09; Merlin 2010; Doe Simkins 09; Walley 12: IN naloxone is at least 80-90% effective at reversing opiate overdose When compared directly it is equivalent in efficacy to IV or IM therapy. IN naloxone results in less agitation upon arousal IN naloxone is lay person approved in many places. It safe and has saved many lives.

43 IN naloxone for opiate overdose – my insights
Why not? Is there a downside? High risk population for HIV, HCV, HBV Difficult IV to establish due to scarring of veins Elimination of needle eliminates needle stick risk They awaken more gently than with IV naloxone New epidemiology shows prescription drugs (methadone, etc) are causing many deaths that naloxone at home could reverse. Simple enough that lay public can administer and not even call ambulance Every ambulance system, police agency and many clinics and families with high risk patients should be utilizing this approach.

44 Intranasal medication cases
Nasopharyngeal procedures and epistaxis Topical anesthetics Topical vasoconstrictors • Lidocaine • Oxymetazoline • Benzocaine • Phenylephrine • Tetracaine • Cocaine • Cocaine • Etc. 44

45 Case: Epistaxis (Bloody nose)
An elderly male arrives at the emergency room with profuse epistaxis from his anterior left nares. Treatment: Atomized oxymetazoline (Afrin) plus 4% lidocaine into the nostril, and insertion of an oxymetazoline soaked cotton pledget. 15 minutes later his nasal mucosa is dry due to oxymetazoline induced vasoconstriction. One large vessel is cauterized (he is numb from the lidocaine). He is discharged with instructions to use oxymetazoline for 3 days, and to self treat in the future if possible. No packing is needed, no expensive clotting factors are required

46 Nasopharyngeal procedures and epistaxis – Literature support
Extensive literature in the past 40 years documents efficacy of topical anesthesia Wolfe 00 (MAD): IN lidocaine markedly reduces pain during nasogastric tube placement. Many similar studies since. National Center for patient safety 06: Online PDF review of the literature – recommends nasal/oral lidocaine Kremple 95, Doo 99: IN oxymetazoline excellent single therapy for epistaxis (bloody nose).

47 IN anesthetics and vasoconstrictors – my insights
Nasal instrumentation: Do it every time Proven by multiple studies to improve procedural comfort. Epistaxis: Very effective, very simple Inexpensive and easy

48 Drug doses Scenario Drug and Dose Important Reminders Pain Control
Fentanyl: 2 mcg/kg Sufentanil: 0.5 mcg/kg Ketamine 1 mg/kg? Titration is possible Sufentanil – use pulse ox Half up each nostril Sedation Midazolam: 0.5 mg/kg (combination w/ pain) Use lidocaine to prevent burning Use concentrated formula Seizures Midazolam: 0.2 mg/kg Lorazepam 0.1 mg/kg Support breathing while waiting Opiate Overdose Naloxone: 2 mg Support breathing while awaiting onset Epistaxis Oxymetazoline or Phenylephrine + Lidocaine Blow nose prior to application Spray, then apply soaked cotton ball Pinch nose for 10 minutes Nasal Procedures Wait 3 full minutes for anesthetic effect

49 Intranasal medications summary
Another tool for drug delivery to supplement standard IV, IM, PO–very useful when appropriate Supported by extensive literature Inexpensive Speeds up care in many situations Safe

50 Questions?

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