The opioid-exposed newborn: Assessment and pharmacologic management

Lauren M. Jansson, Martha Velez, Cheryl Harrow

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The infant exposed to opioids in utero frequently presents a challenge to the neonatal care provider in the assessment and treatment of symptoms of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) after birth. This review is intended to provide the healthcare professional with a brief review of current evidence and practical guidelines for optimal evaluation and pharmacologic management of the opioid-exposed newborn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of opioid management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Infant
  • Methadone
  • Neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • Opioids
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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