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Efficacy and Safety of Topical Versus Systemic Treatment in Postherpetic Neuralgia and Diabetic Polyneuropathic Pain

This study has been completed.
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Grünenthal GmbH Identifier:
First received: December 20, 2006
Last updated: June 15, 2009
Last verified: June 2009
The purpose of this study is to evaluate lidocaine as topical treatment for peripheral neuropathic pain (as stand-alone treatment and in combination with systemic treatment)

Condition Intervention Phase
Neuropathic Pain Drug: Topical analgesic Drug: oral intake Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Safety and Efficacy of Lidocaine 5% Medicated Plaster in Comparison to Systemic Treatment in Postherpetic Neuralgia and Diabetic Polyneuropathic Pain.

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Further study details as provided by Grünenthal GmbH:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction of pain expressed by response rate after 4 weeks treatment every 4 weeks of single or combination treatment: change in neuropathic pain, change in quality of life, change in sleep quality [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 350
Study Start Date: December 2006
Study Completion Date: March 2008
Primary Completion Date: January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Drug: Topical analgesic
max. 3 plasters per day for PHN patients max. 4 plasters per day for DPN patients
Active Comparator: 2 Drug: oral intake
300 to 600 mg per day taken orally
Experimental: 3 Drug: Topical analgesic
3 plasters for PHN patients per day 4 plasters for DPN patients per day


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female subjects with >= 18 years of age
  • Intact skin in the area of topical treatment
  • Creatinine clearance CLCR >= 30 mL/min
  • NRS-3 > 4 (recalled average pain intensity during the last 3 days)

Subjects with DPN

  • Controlled, treated type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus with glycosylated hemoglobin (Hba1c)<= 11%
  • Painful, distal symmetrical, sensomotor polyneuropathy of the lower extremities for >= 3 months (below the knees on both extremities) with at least 2 of the following symptoms present: burning, sensation, tingling or prickling, numbness from time to time, painful heat or cold sensation (e.g. warm or cold water)

Subjects with PHN

  • Subjects with PHN and neuropathic pain present for >= 3 months after healing of the herpes zoster skin rash.
  • Without neurolytic neurosurgical therapy for their condition.

Exclusion Criteria:


  • Evidence or history of alcohol, medication or drug abuse and/or dependency in the past 2 years, unstable psychological personality requiring intermittent or permanent treatment.
  • Psychiatric illness (subjects with well-controlled depression or anxiety disorder may participate if they are not taking any of the prohibited medications defined (below), epilepsy or suicide risk.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • Women of childbearing potential who are sexually active without satisfactory contraception for at least 28 days prior to enrollment, during the trial, and until 28 days after the follow-up visit.
  • Subjects with severe cardiac impairment e.g. NYHA class > 3, myocardial infarction less than 6 months prior to enrollment, and/or unstable angina pectoris.
  • Subjects with severe hepatic disorder and/or AST or ALT >= 3x the upper limit of normal.
  • Subjects with known or suspected severe renal failure (CLCR < 30 mL/min).
  • Anticipated need for surgery during the trial, requiring at least regional or general anesthesia.
  • Subjects who are undergoing active treatment for cancer, are known to be infected with HIV or being acutely and intensively immunosuppressed following transplantation.
  • Participation in another trial of investigational medicinal products or devices parallel to or less than 1 month before entry into the trial, or previous participation in this trial.

Trial specific:

  • Any concomitant use of drugs for the treatment of neuropathic pain or commonly used for the treatment of neuropathic pain.
  • Use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulations (TENS) after enrollment.
  • CLCR < 30 mL/min
  • Evidence of another cause for pain in the area of neuropathic pain such as lumbar radiculopathy, surgery trauma, restless legs syndrome, if this coud confound the assessment or self-evaluation of the neuropathic pain.
  • Presence of other severe pain that could confound the assessment or self-evaluation of the neuropathic pain.
  • History of malignancy within the past 5 years (with the exception of basal cell carcinoma).

Subjects with PHN

  • Active herpes zoster lesion or dermatitis of any origin at the affected site with PHN.
  • Subjects who had neurological ablation by block or neurosurgical intervention for control of pain in PHN.

Subjects with DPN

  • No palpable pulse of the arteria dorsalis pedis in both feet.
  • Clinical signs for venous insufficiency and/or postthrombotic syndrome Sage III/IV (i.e. extensive varicoses)
  • Ulcers on the lower extremities.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00414349

United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Grünenthal GmbH
Principal Investigator: Ralf Baron, Prof. Dr. Klinik für Neurologie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel, Schittenhelmstr. 10, 24105 Kiel, Germany
  More Information

Responsible Party: Grünenthal GmbH Identifier: NCT00414349     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 796838
Study First Received: December 20, 2006
Last Updated: June 15, 2009

Keywords provided by Grünenthal GmbH:
Topical analgesic
Multiple dose

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuralgia, Postherpetic
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
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