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Propofol Injection for Daily Headache

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00228267
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 28, 2005
Last Update Posted : May 4, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Saifudin Rashiq, University of Alberta

Brief Summary:

Hypothesis A single subanesthetic dose of propofol will result in improved pain and quality of life for the next 30 days in persons with chronic daily headache (CDH)

Specific objectives To measure the effect of a single infusion of propofol at 40 mcg / kg / minute over 60 mins on headache-related quality of life (measured by the Headache Disability Index) and on headache severity (measured by the Headache Index) in subjects with chronic daily headache over 30 days45-47

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Headache Analgesic Rebound Headache Chronic Daily Headache Headache, Intractable Drug: Propofol Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 28 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Single-dose Propofol Injection on Pain and Quality of Life in Chronic Daily Headache: a Randomized Double-blind Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : September 2004
Actual Study Completion Date : November 2007

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MedlinePlus related topics: Headache
Drug Information available for: Propofol

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Headache Disability Index and the Headache Index
  2. The baseline Headache Index is the mean of all 28 NRS pain scores (four measures daily for seven days) and the post-treatment Headache Index is the mean of all 120 NRS pain scores (four measures daily for thirty days)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of days with a headache of at least moderate severity defined as pain at least 5 on the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS).
  2. Peak daily headache severity according to the NRS.
  3. Analgesic medication consumption will be measured in terms of morphine equivalents of narcotic medication and number of tablets /doses of acetaminophen / non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) containing analgesics.53
  4. Visits to the Emergency Room for headache treatment.
  5. Sedation and nausea scores in the treatment and placebo groups.
  6. Ability of participants in each of the groups to correctly guess their treatment assignment.
  7. Adverse effects related to the infusion

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria

  • Adult subjects (18-65 years) with CDH by the criteria of Silberstein and Lipton.41 i.e. on the basis of pre-randomization history suffer chronic headaches lasting more than 4 hours a day for more than 15 days a month.
  • Previously investigated to exclude serious treatable pathology.
  • On the basis of the pre-randomization headache diary: the average pain intensity during each episode should be at least 5 /10 on the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) on 4 days out of 7.
  • Quality of life and function should be impaired as evidenced by a (pre-randomization) Headache Disability Index (HDI) of at least 40.

Exclusion criteria

History of the following:

  • Known or suspected allergy to propofol, intralipid or midazolam,
  • In emergency or life-threatening situations,
  • Those having language barriers (e.g. illiterate, not English-speaking, dysphasic),
  • Known or suspected difficult airway or sleep apnea,
  • Severe respiratory disease,
  • Neuromuscular disease,
  • Seizure disorder,
  • Severe cardiac disease,
  • Severe gastroesophageal reflux disease,
  • Pancreatitis,
  • Lipid disorders,
  • Receiving Total Parenteral Nutrition,
  • Body mass index > 35, diabetes or major endocrine disorder,
  • Hepatic or renal failure,
  • Unstable psychiatric disorder,
  • Known drug abuse,
  • Pregnancy,
  • Cognitively impaired.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00228267

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Canada, Alberta
Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Univ. Alta Hospital
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2B7
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Alberta
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Principal Investigator: Mark K Simmonds, MD University of Alberta
Additional Information:
Publications of Results:
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Responsible Party: Saifudin Rashiq, Anesthesiologist, University of Alberta Identifier: NCT00228267    
Other Study ID Numbers: SR 001
First Posted: September 28, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 4, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Saifudin Rashiq, University of Alberta:
Chronic Headache
Analgesic Rebound Headache
Chronic Daily Headache
Headache, Intractable
Randomised controlled trial
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Headache Disorders
Headache Disorders, Secondary
Neurologic Manifestations
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Hypnotics and Sedatives
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anesthetics, Intravenous
Anesthetics, General