Safety and tolerability profile
well established

Find OLINVYK safety and tolerability data from two pivotal phase 3 studies,
and a phase 3 safety study.

Pooled safety data from pivotal trials at or below recommended
maximum daily dose1

OLINVYK ≤27% mg
Patients with any TEAE 73 86 96
Nausea (%) 35 52 70
Vomiting (%) 10 26 52
Headache (%) 30 26 30
Dizziness (%) 11 18 25
Constipation (%) 9 14 14
Hypoxia (%) 3 12 17
Pruritus (%) 6 9 19
Sedation (%) 5 7 13
Somnolence (%) 4 6 10
Back pain (%) 4 6 6
Hot flush (%) 4 4 8
Pruritus generalized (%) 1 2 10

All patients were dosed via patient-controlled analgesia.1

in randomized controlled clinical trials1
3% in an open-label safety study with clinically challenging patients1,2

These data are not an adequate basis for comparison of rates between the OLINVYK and morphine treatment groups. The OLINVYK and morphine regimens studied are not considered equipotent.

* Pooled data from 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo- and morphine-controlled studies in patients with moderate to severe acute pain following
a bunionectomy or abdominoplasty.

Discontinuation of OLINVYK due to AEs in 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo- and morphine-controlled studies occurred in 4% of patients who
received a daily dose ≤27 mg.

IV=intravenous; TEAE=treatment-emergent adverse event.

Safety and tolerability data including clinically challenging patients

Summary of AEs from an open-label safety study2‡

Nausea (%) 31.1
Constipation (%) 10.9
Vomiting (%) 10.4
Pruritus (%) 4.9
Hypokalemia (%) 4.7
Dizziness (%) 4.4
Headache (%) 4.4
Hypotension (%) 3.6
Insomnia (%) 3.6
Pyrexia (%) 3.3
Hypocalcemia (%) 3.1
Hypophosphatemia (%) 3.0
Procedural nausea (%) 2.7
Flatulence (%) 2.6
Other AEs of interest
Somnolence (%) 0.8
Sedation (%) 1.0

Patients were dosed via bolus dosing, patient-controlled analgesia, or a combination of both.2

The study allowed the use of antiemetics prophylactically. 84% of patients were on a multimodal analgesic regimen.2

2.2% of patients discontinued early due to AEs. 2

NO PATIENTS REQUIRED NALOXONE for reversal of a respiratory event while on OLINVYK.2

Results from cumulative OLINVYK dose groups - less than 4 mg to greater than 36 mg.

OLINVYK was studied in a phase 3, open-label safety study in patients with moderate to severe acute postoperative pain (N=768), including obese patients (46%), elderly patients (32%), and patients with comorbidities (all patients had ≥1 comorbid condition). OLINVYK was administered via clinician-administered bolus dosing, PCA, or a combination of the two. The cumulative OLINVYK dose groups are ≤4 mg (n=156), >4 to 8 mg (n=85), >8 to 16 (n=121), >16 to 36 (n=168) and >36 (n=238). Bolus dosing was initiated at 1-2 mg, with supplemental doses of 1-3 mg every 1-3 hours, as needed, based on individual patient need and previous response to OLINVYK. If OLINVYK was administered via PCA, the loading dose was 1.5 mg, the demand dose was 0.5 mg, and the lockout interval was 6 minutes. Supplemental doses of 1 mg were given as needed, taking into account the patient’s utilization of PCA demand doses, individual patient need, and previous response to OLINVYK.2
PCA=patient-controlled analgesia.

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OLINVYK is an opioid agonist indicated in adults for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an intravenous opioid analgesic and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate.




OLINVYK is an opioid agonist indicated in adults for the management of acute pain severe enough to require an intravenous opioid analgesic and for whom alternative treatments are inadequate.

Limitations of Use

Because of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse with opioids, which can occur at any dosage or duration, reserve OLINVYK 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.

The cumulative total daily dose should not exceed 27 mg.



Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse

Because the use of OLINVYK 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 and reassess all patients regularly for the development of these behaviors and conditions.

Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression

Serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression may occur with use of OLINVYK, especially during initiation or following a dosage increase. To reduce the risk of respiratory depression, proper dosing and titration of OLINVYK are essential.

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 of OLINVYK and benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.

Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

If opioid use is required for an extended period of time in a pregnant woman, advise the patient of the risk of NOWS, which may be life-threatening if not recognized and treated. Ensure that management by neonatology experts will be available at delivery.


OLINVYK is contraindicated in patients with:

  •  Significant respiratory depression
  •  Acute or severe bronchial asthma in an unmonitored setting or in absence of resuscitative equipment
  •  Known or suspected gastrointestinal obstruction, including paralytic ileus
  •  Known hypersensitivity to oliceridine (e.g. anaphylaxis) 


  •  OLINVYK contains oliceridine, a Schedule II controlled substance, that exposes users to the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse. Although the risk of addiction in any individual is unknown, it can occur in patients appropriately prescribed OLINVYK. Assess risk, counsel, and monitor all patients receiving opioids.
  •  Serious, life-threatening respiratory depression has been reported with the use of opioids, even when used as recommended, especially in patients with chronic pulmonary disease, or in elderly, cachectic and debilitated patients. The risk is greatest during initiation of OLINVYK therapy, following a dose increase, or when used with other drugs that depress respiration. Proper dosing of OLINVYK is essential, especially when converting patients from another opioid product to avoid overdose. Management of respiratory depression may include close observation, supportive measures, and use of opioid antagonists, depending on the patient’s clinical status.
  •  Opioids can cause sleep-related breathing disorders including central sleep apnea (CSA) and sleep-related hypoxemia with risk increasing in a dose-dependent fashion. In patients who present with CSA, consider decreasing the dose of opioid using best practices for opioid taper.
  •  Profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death may result from the concomitant use of OLINVYK with benzodiazepines and/or other CNS depressants (e.g., non-benzodiazepine sedatives/hypnotics, anxiolytics, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, general anesthetics, antipsychotics, other opioids, or alcohol). Because of these risks, reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate, prescribe the lowest effective dose, and minimize the duration.
  •  Use of OLINVYK for an extended period of time during pregnancy can result in withdrawal in the neonate that may 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 the risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and ensure that appropriate treatment will be available.
  •  OLINVYK was shown to have mild QTc interval prolongation in thorough QT studies where patients were dosed up to 27 mg. Total cumulative daily doses exceeding 27 mg per day were not studied and may increase the risk for QTc interval prolongation. Therefore, the cumulative total daily dose of OLINVYK should not exceed 27 mg.
  •  Increased plasma concentrations of OLINVYK may occur in patients with decreased Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2D6 function or normal metabolizers taking moderate or strong CYP2D6 inhibitors; also in patients taking a moderate or strong CYP3A4 inhibitor, in patients with decreased CYP2D6 function who are also receiving a moderate or strong CYP3A4 inhibitor, or with discontinuation of a CYP3A4 inducer. These patients may require less frequent dosing and should be closely monitored for respiratory depression and sedation at frequent intervals. Concomitant use of OLINVYK with CYP3A4 inducers or discontinuation of a moderate or strong CYP3A4 inhibitor can lower the expected concentration, which may decrease efficacy, and may require supplemental doses.
  •  Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia (OIH) occurs when an opioid analgesic paradoxically causes an increase in pain, or an increase in sensitivity to pain. This differs from tolerance where increasing doses are required to maintain the desired effect. Symptoms of OIH include, but may not be limited to, increased levels of pain upon dose increase, decreased levels of pain upon dose decrease, or pain from ordinarily non-painful stimuli (allodynia). These symptoms may suggest OIH only if there is no evidence of disease progression, opioid tolerance, withdrawal, or addictive behavior. If OIH is suspected, carefully consider appropriately decreasing the dose of the current opioid analgesic or opioid rotation.
  •  Cases of adrenal insufficiency have been reported with opioid use (usually greater than one month). Presentation and symptoms may be nonspecific and include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and low blood pressure. If confirmed, treat with physiologic replacement doses of corticosteroids and wean patient from the opioid.
  •  OLINVYK may cause severe hypotension, including orthostatic hypotension and syncope in ambulatory patients. There is increased risk in patients whose ability to maintain blood pressure has already been compromised by a reduced blood volume or concurrent administration of certain CNS depressant drugs (e.g., phenothiazines or general anesthetics). Monitor these patients for signs of hypotension. In patients with circulatory shock, avoid the use of OLINVYK as it may cause vasodilation that can further reduce cardiac output and blood pressure.
  •  Avoid the use of OLINVYK in patients with impaired consciousness or coma. OLINVYK should be used with caution in patients who may be susceptible to the intracranial effects of CO2 retention, such as those with evidence of increased intracranial pressure or brain tumors, as a reduction in respiratory drive and the resultant CO2 retention can further increase intracranial pressure. Monitor such patients for signs of sedation and respiratory depression, particularly when initiating therapy.
  •  As with all opioids, OLINVYK may cause spasm of the sphincter of Oddi, and may cause increases in serum amylase. Monitor patients with biliary tract disease, including acute pancreatitis, for worsening symptoms.
  •  OLINVYK may increase the frequency of seizures in patients with seizure disorders and may increase the risk of seizures in vulnerable patients. Monitor patients with a history of seizure disorders for worsened seizure control.
  •  Do not abruptly discontinue OLINVYK in a patient physically dependent on opioids. Gradually taper the dosage to avoid a withdrawal syndrome and return of pain. Avoid the use of mixed agonist/antagonist (e.g., pentazocine, nalbuphine, and butorphanol) or partial agonist (e.g., buprenorphine) analgesics in patients who are receiving OLINVYK, as they may reduce the analgesic effect and/or precipitate withdrawal symptoms.
  •  OLINVYK may impair the mental or physical abilities needed to perform potentially hazardous activities such as driving a car or operating machinery.
  •  Although self-administration of opioids by patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) may allow each patient to individually titrate to an acceptable level of analgesia, PCA administration has resulted in adverse outcomes and episodes of respiratory depression. Health care providers and family members monitoring patients receiving PCA analgesia should be instructed in the need for appropriate monitoring for excessive sedation, respiratory depression, or other adverse effects of opioid medications.


Adverse reactions are described in greater detail in the Prescribing Information.

The most common (incidence ≥10%) adverse reactions in Phase 3 controlled clinical trials were nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, constipation, pruritus, and hypoxia.


For medical inquiries or to report an adverse event, other safety-related information or product complaints for a company product, please contact the Trevena Medical Information Contact Center at 1-844-465-4686 or email

You are encouraged to report suspected adverse events of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

PLEASE see for full prescribing information including BOXED warning and important safety information.

References: 1. OLINVYK. Prescribing information. Trevena, Inc; 2021. 

2. Bergese SD, Brzezinski M, Hammer GB, et al. ATHENA: a phase 3, open-label study of the safety and effectiveness of oliceridine (TRV130), a G-protein selective agonist at the µ-opioid receptor, in patients with moderate to severe acute pain requiring parenteral opioid therapy. J Pain Res. 2019;12:3113-3126.