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Pentazocine Dosage

What Is the Recommended Dosage of Pentazocine for Women in Labor?

The usual recommended pentazocine dosage for pain relief during labor is 30 mg given as a one-time IM injection. Alternatively, some women may receive 20 mg given as an IV injection. This 20-mg dose may be repeated two or three times if needed, separated by two to three hours.

Pentazocine Dosing for Children

The usual recommended dosage of pentazocine for sedation before surgery is 0.5 mg per kg body weight (about 0.23 mg per lb) given as a one-time IM injection.

General Information on Using Pentazocine

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with pentazocine include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a liquid that is given as an injection every three to four hours.
  • Pentazocine injections are normally given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting. If you are given this medicine to inject at home, make sure you know exactly how to use it before giving yourself a dose.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Do not use more pentazocine than prescribed or stop using it suddenly without your healthcare provider's approval.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of pentazocine, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.
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