, Volume 58, Issue 5, pp 793–797

Balanced Analgesia

What is it and What are its Advantages in Postoperative Pain?


  • Henrik Kehlet
    • Department of Surgical GastroenterologyHvidovre University Hospital
  • Mads Werner
    • Department of AnaesthesiologyHvidovre University Hospital
  • Frederick Perkins
    • Department of AnaesthesiologyRochester University
Leading Article

DOI: 10.2165/00003495-199958050-00002

Cite this article as:
Kehlet, H., Werner, M. & Perkins, F. Drugs (1999) 58: 793. doi:10.2165/00003495-199958050-00002


The concept of balanced analgesia was introduced to improve analgesic efficacy and reduce adverse effects. A large amount of clinical data has documented improved analgesia by combining different analgesics, but data on reducing adverse effects are inconclusive. Balanced analgesia should be used whenever possible, and future studies should be directed to define optimal combination regimens in individual surgical procedures.

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