Examples of Changing Routes of Administration

Work through the following examples of changing routes of administration. Feel free to use your equianalgesic table and calculator. The point of the examples is to get comfortable working with the table, not to memorize it!

T.R., a 78 year old retired nurse with metastatic lung cancer

(optional- 35 sec)


10 mg / hour
1 mg / hour
2.5 mg / hour
5 mg / hour


Equianalgesic table

Dose Equivalents for opioid analgesics in opioid-naive adults and children ≥ 50 kg body weight.
*Fentanyl should not be used in opioid naive patients. Use manufacturer's table for dosing after patient is established on another opioid.