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Effect of IV Lidocaine Infusions on Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: July 28, 2008
Last updated: March 4, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
Our goals for this study involve using intravenous lidocaine as it is normally used in the Stanford Pain Management Center to assess the effect of intravenous lidocaine on chronic pain. Studies have been done determining the efficacy of intravenous lidocaine for treating pain but little research has been done to determine the effects of an intravenous lidocaine infusion on the different components of the pain experience. Our study will incorporate pain quality measures both before and during the infusions of lidocaine to determine changes in present pain intensity.

Condition Intervention
Pain Drug: Intravenous lidocaine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of IV Lidocaine Infusions on Pain

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Further study details as provided by Sean Mackey, Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Present Pain Intensity [ Time Frame: Patients completed the VAS of present pain intensity at each infusion level. Each infusion level took approximately one hour, and the assessment was done at the end of the hour (approximately 3 hours total). ]
    Present pain intensity was measured using the visual analog scale (VAS). This is scored between 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst possible pain).

Enrollment: 71
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Lidocaine infusion
Each participant will receive an intravenous infusion of lidocaine. Plasma concentrations will be increased gradually from 0-5 µg/ml.
Drug: Intravenous lidocaine
Intravenous lidocaine administered up to 5 µg/ml.

Detailed Description:
Each patient will receive an intravenous infusion of lidocaine. Drug will be infused using a computer-controlled paradigm. This paradigm allows increasing plasma concentrations in a step-wise manner, keeping the concentration during each infusion step constant. Plasma concentrations will be increased gradually from 0 to 5 ug/ml in a method at the discretion of the medical team. This will be conducted according to standard medical practice for the infusion and the study procedures will not affect the infusion paradigm. Total infusion time is approximately 1-2 hours. During the course of the study, the primary outcome measure was changed from blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal to pain intensity.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 100 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:- subjects between the ages of 18 and 100 years for clinical component; subjects between the ages of 18 and 70 for the MRI component

  • meets the study criteria of chronic pain of either peripheral or central origin
  • male or a non-pregnant, non-lactating female. If females are of reproductive potential (i.e., not surgically sterilized and/or not post menopausal), they must be practicing an accepted method of birth control, agree to a urine pregnancy test at the start of each study session (for patient scheduled through the clinic, this has already been addressed by the recommending physician)
  • is not currently on a sodium channel blocking agent, anticonvulsant, or tricyclic antidepressant,
  • must be able to comply with any other study requirements and complete experimental tasks
  • have no reported substance abuse within the past six months;

Exclusion Criteria:- subject is lactating or pregnant;

  • subject suffers from clinically significant cardiac, pulmonary, renal or liver disease;
  • subject allergic to lidocaine.
  • MRI Component: any metal objects (especially surgical clips), devices, or implants or any other MRI contraindication
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00725504

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sean Mackey, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00725504     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-07072008-1232
Study First Received: July 28, 2008
Results First Received: March 4, 2017
Last Updated: March 4, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anesthetics, Local
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents
Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Blockers
Sodium Channel Blockers
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on August 23, 2017