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Consider DSUVIA for your adult patients
who require an opioid for acute pain

DSUVIA is indicated for the management of acute pain,
severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate, in adults. DSUVIA is for use in a certified medically supervised healthcare setting, such as hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments.

Please see Limitations of Use and BOXED WARNING under Important Safety Information below.

Effective pain relief, efficiently delivered.1,2

No frequent redosing

Extended Redosing Interval

DSUVIA showed an average of 3 hours between doses over a 12-hour period, with a minimum redosing interval of 1 hour.2*

No delayed analgesia

Timely Pain Reduction

DSUVIA showed a greater pain intensity difference to baseline vs placebo (P=0.002) at 15 minutes, the first assessment.2*

No dose calculations

Single Fixed Dosage

DSUVIA comes in one strength and avoids calculations that can complicate dosing and lead to errors.1,3

No push

Non-IV Option

DSUVIA is administered sublingually with a single-dose applicator, and can be given after an IV line is removed.1

No IV catheter

Sublingual Delivery

Sublingual delivery may circumvent the risks associated with IV lines, such as infiltration and phlebitis.1,4

No vial

Prefilled Applicator

The prefilled applicator delivers one tablet of DSUVIA, so there’s no leftover drug to waste and witness after administration.1,5

*The efficacy and safety of DSUVIA were demonstrated in a pivotal trial of 161 post-operative abdominal surgery patients. The primary endpoint was time-weighted summed pain intensity difference to baseline over 12 hours (SPID12). A secondary endpoint was pain intensity difference to baseline at each evaluation time point. Redosing interval (time between doses) was also recorded.1,2

Patients may require more frequent redosing (minimum interval 1 hour) than the 3-hour average when initiating DSUVIA.1

Which of your adult patients with acute pain may be right for DSUVIA?

DSUVIA offers a sublingual option when opioids are needed in a medically supervised setting. The prefilled single-dose applicator delivers one 30-mcg tablet under the tongue, with a minimum of 1 hour between doses.1

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Patient has acute pain and requires
frequent redosing


Inguinal hernia repair

Patient has acute pain and no immediate
IV access


Breast reconstruction

Patient has acute pain and moderate
renal impairment


Abdominal laparoscopy

Patient has acute pain and IV has
been removed

Open-Label Special Populations Study

DSUVIA was studied in non-opioid-tolerant patients with post-operative pain following various types of surgery.6

More information on DSUVIA
One Applicator
Is One Dose

Learn about the single-
dosing and

Safety Profile

Read about the most common
adverse reactions with
DSUVIA and see special

Efficacy Data

See how DSUVIA
reduced pain intensity
over 12 hours in the
pivotal trial

  1. DSUVIA [package insert]. Redwood City, CA: AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc; 2018.
  2. Minkowitz HS, Leiman D, Melson T, Singla N, DiDonato KP, Palmer PP. Sufentanil sublingual tablet 30 mcg for the management of pain following abdominal surgery: a randomized, placebo-controlled, phase-3 study. Pain Pract. 2017;17(7):848-858.
  3. Dy SM, Shore AD, Hicks RW, Morlock LL. Medication errors with opioids: results from a national reporting system.
    J Opioid Manag. 2007;3(4):189-194.
  4. Kagel EM, Rayan GM. Intravenous catheter complications in the hand and forearm. J Trauma. 2004;56(1):123-127.
  5. Brummond PW, Chen DF, Churchill WW, et al. ASHP guidelines on preventing diversion of controlled substances. Am J Health‑Syst Pharm. 2017;74(5):325-348.
  6. Hutchins JL, Leiman D, Minkowitz HS, Jove M, DiDonato KP, Palmer PP. An open-label study of sufentanil sublingual tablet 30 mcg in patients with postoperative pain. Pain Med. 2018;19(10): 2058-2068.


Accidental Exposure and DSUVIA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program

Accidental exposure to or ingestion of DSUVIA, especially in children, can result in respiratory depression and death. Because of the potential for life-threatening respiratory depression due to accidental exposure, DSUVIA is only available through a restricted program called the DSUVIA REMS Program.

  • DSUVIA must only be dispensed to patients in a certified medically supervised healthcare setting.
  • Discontinue use of DSUVIA prior to discharge or transfer from the certified medically supervised healthcare setting.

Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression

Serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression may occur with use of DSUVIA. Monitor for respiratory depression, especially during initiation of DSUVIA.

Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse

DSUVIA exposes patients and other users to the risks of opioid addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to overdose and death. Assess each patient’s risk prior to prescribing DSUVIA, and monitor all patients regularly for the development of these behaviors or conditions.

Cytochrome P450 3A4 Interaction

The concomitant use of DSUVIA with all cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitors may result in an increase in sufentanil plasma concentrations, which could increase or prolong adverse drug reactions and may cause potentially fatal respiratory depression. In addition, discontinuation of a concomitantly used cytochrome P450 3A4 inducer may result in an increase in sufentanil plasma concentration. Monitor patients receiving DSUVIA and any CYP3A4 inhibitor or inducer.

Risks From Concomitant Use With Benzodiazepines Or Other CNS Depressants

Concomitant use of opioids with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, including alcohol, may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death.

  • Reserve concomitant prescribing for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
  • Limit dosages and durations to the minimum required.
  • Follow patients for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation.

Indications and Usage

DSUVIA is indicated for use in adults in a certified medically supervised healthcare setting, such as hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments, for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate.

Limitations of Use:

  • Not for home use or for use in children. Discontinue treatment with DSUVIA before patients leave the certified medically supervised healthcare setting.
  • Not for use for more than 72 hours. The use of DSUVIA beyond 72 hours has not been studied.
  • Only to be administered by a healthcare provider.
  • Because of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse with opioids, even at recommended doses, reserve DSUVIA for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options [e.g., non-opioid analgesics or opioid combination products]:
    • Have not been tolerated, or are not expected to be tolerated,
    • Have not provided adequate analgesia, or are not expected to provide adequate analgesia.


Use of DSUVIA is contraindicated in patients with:

  • Significant respiratory depression
  • Acute or severe bronchial asthma in an unmonitored setting or in the absence of resuscitative equipment
  • Known or suspected gastrointestinal obstruction, including paralytic ileus
  • Known hypersensitivity to sufentanil or components of DSUVIA.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Accidental ingestion or exposure to even one dose of DSUVIA, especially in children, can result in respiratory depression and death due to an overdose of sufentanil.
  • DSUVIA is for use in adult patients only in a certified medically supervised healthcare setting. Use of DSUVIA outside of this setting can increase the risk of accidental exposure in others for whom it is not prescribed, causing fatal respiratory depression. Discontinue use of DSUVIA prior to discharge or transfer from the certified medically supervised healthcare setting. DSUVIA is not for home or pediatric use.
  • Opioids can cause sleep-related breathing disorders including central sleep apnea (CSA) and sleep-related hypoxemia. Opioid use increases the risk of CSA in a dose-dependent fashion. In patients who present with CSA, consider minimizing the use of DSUVIA and carefully monitor the patient for signs of respiratory depression. (revised per 2019 opioid class labeling)
  • DSUVIA contains sufentanil, a Schedule II controlled substance. As an opioid, DSUVIA exposes users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse.
  • Profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death may result from the concomitant use of DSUVIA with benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants (e.g., non-benzodiazepine sedatives/hypnotics, anxiolytics, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, general anesthetics, antipsychotics, other opioids, alcohol). Because of these risks, reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
  • Life-threatening respiratory depression in patients with chronic pulmonary disease or in elderly, cachectic and debilitated patients: monitor patients closely, particularly when initiating DSUVIA therapy and when DSUVIA is used with other drugs that depress respiration. Management of respiratory depression may include close observation, supportive measures, and use of opioid antagonists, depending on the patient’s clinical status.
  • A potentially life-threatening condition could result from concomitant serotonergic drug administration. Discontinue DSUVIA if serotonin syndrome is suspected. Cases of adrenal insufficiency have been reported with opioid use (usually > 1 month). Presentation and symptoms are non-specific and include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and low blood pressure. Confirm diagnosis with testing as soon as possible and, if confirmed, treat with physiologic replacement of corticosteroids and wean patient from opioid.
  • As with all opioids, sufentanil may produce bradycardia or hypotension in some patients. Therefore DSUVIA should be used with caution in patients with bradyarrhythmias or hypovolemia.
  • DSUVIA should not be used in patients who may be particularly susceptible to the intracranial effects of CO2 retention, such as those with evidence of increased intracranial pressure, impaired consciousness or coma.
  • Prolonged use of DSUVIA during pregnancy can result in withdrawal in the neonate, which can be life-threatening. Observe newborns for signs of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and manage accordingly. Advise pregnant women using opioids for a prolonged period of this risk and ensure that appropriate treatment will be available.
  • Insufficient data are available on the use of DSUVIA in patients with severe liver or kidney impairment. DSUVIA should be used with caution in such patients due to the importance of these organs in the metabolism and excretion of sufentanil.

Adverse Reactions

Adverse reactions are described, or described in greater detail, in other sections of the Prescribing Information:

  • Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
  • Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
  • Adrenal Insufficiency [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]
  • Severe hypotension [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]
  • Gastrointestinal Adverse Reactions [see Warnings and Precautions (5.12)]
  • Seizures [see Warnings and Precautions (5.13)]
  • Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.15)]

The most commonly reported adverse reactions (≥ 2% and higher than placebo) were nausea, headache, vomiting, dizziness, and hypotension.

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