Intravenous paracetamol vs. ketoprofen for pain management after the abdominal aortic surgery – pharmacokinetics and therapeutics


  • Jowita Rosada-Kurasińska Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 27/33 Szpitalna Str., 60-572 Poznań, Poland
  • Alicja Bartkowska-Śniatkowska Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 27/33 Szpitalna Str., 60-572 Poznań, Poland
  • Agnieszka Bienert Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 14 Marii Magdaleny Str., 61-861 Poznań, Poland
  • Małgorzata Grześkowiak Department of Teaching Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 14 Marii Magdaleny Str., 61-861 Poznań, Poland
  • Paweł Sobczyński 1st Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Therapy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 1/2 Długa Str., 61-848 Poznań, Poland
  • Marzena Zielińska Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Wroclaw Medical University, Borowska street 213, 50-556 Wroclaw, Poland



paracetamol, ketoprofen, postoperative pain, pharmacokinetics


Introduction. Acute postoperative pain continues to be a dilemma to patients and clinicians.
Aim. To define the efficacy, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of paracetamol and ketoprofen in patients after the abdominal aortic surgery. Setting and design in University hospital – intensive therapy unit (clinical part), clinical pharmacy and biopharmacy unit (biochemical part), and pharmaceutical company (statistical part). Prospective randomized study.
Material and Methods. 40 adult patients (50–84 years) undergoing abdominal aortic surgery were randomized equally into two groups. After extubation the patients in group 1 (G1) were administered a 1 g paracetamol infusion, and in group 2 (G2) – a 100 mg ketoprofen infusion, both within 15 minutes. All the patients received an epidural infusion of bupivacaine with fentanyl. The following parameters were recorded: mean arterial pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR), central venous pressure (CVP), plasma concentration of paracetamol and ketoprofen. Postoperative pain was assessed with the visual analogue scale (VAS).
Results. The mean values of the MAP, HR and CVP were within normal limits in the both groups. No significant differences were noticed in the assessment of postoperative pain and total use of an opioid. The mean therapeutic plasma concentration of paracetamol and ketoprofen remained up to 180 minutes and up to 120 minutes, respecively.
Conclusions. The study enabled us to conclude that intravenous paracetamol as well as ketoprofen have good effectiveness and tolerability. There is no need to modify dosage of these drugs to elderly patients. After paracetamol infusion the therapeutic plasma concentration remains longer than after the ketoprofen infusion.


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Rosada-Kurasińska J, Bartkowska-Śniatkowska A, Bienert A, Grześkowiak M, Sobczyński P, Zielińska M. Intravenous paracetamol vs. ketoprofen for pain management after the abdominal aortic surgery – pharmacokinetics and therapeutics. JMS [Internet]. 2016 Dec. 29 [cited 2023 Jun. 5];85(4):254-63. Available from:



Original Papers
Received 2016-12-12
Published 2016-12-29