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Methadone Versus Morphine for Orthopedic Surgery Patients

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2012 by University of Louisville.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Louisville Identifier:
First received: April 30, 2009
Last updated: June 14, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
The investigators propose to compare analgesia by methadone and ketamine with a combination of morphine and ketamine in orthopedic surgery patients with moderate to severe pain. The investigators hypothesize that when given with ketamine before surgical incision, methadone is more effective than morphine in reducing postoperative morphine consumption and reducing pain during movement.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pain, Postoperative
Drug: Methadone
Drug: Morphine
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effectiveness of Pre-Operative Methadone Versus Morphine for Post-Operative Analgesia in Orthopedic Surgery Patients

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Further study details as provided by University of Louisville:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Opioid consumption during the 48 hours after surgery [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to initial dose of rescue analgesic [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]
  • Overall rescue analgesic [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]
  • Side effects with special attention paid to respiratory rate and possible respiratory depression, and PONV [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]
  • Overall satisfaction of the patient with the analgesic graded on a scale of 1-5 [ Time Frame: 48 hours ]

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Methadone
Patients will receive 0.2 mg/kg of methadone IV immediately after intubation
Drug: Methadone
Patients will receive 0.2 mg/kg of methadone IV immediately after intubation
Other Names:
  • Symoron
  • Dolophine
  • Amidone
  • Methadose
  • Physeptone
  • Heptadon
  • 6-(Dimethylamino)-4,4-diphenylheptan-3-one (IUPAC name)
Active Comparator: Control
Patient will receive current standard-of-care: 0.2 mg/kg of morphine IV immediately after intubation
Drug: Morphine
Patients will receive 0.2 mg/kg of morphine IV immediately after intubation
Other Names:
  • Opiate
  • (5α,6α)-7,8-didehydro-4,5-epoxy-17-methylmorphinan-3,6-diol

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages 18-65 years
  • Presenting for lower extremity orthopedic surgery involving fracture of long bones at University of Louisville Hospital
  • Surgery expected to last more than one hour
  • Patient expected to have moderate to severe post-operative pain
  • Patient refused regional anesthesia or has a contraindication to regional anesthesia

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any known contraindications to methadone including hypothyroidism, Addison's disease, prostatic hypertrophy, or urethral stricture.
  • Difficulty or inability to understand the study or protocol
  • Known renal or hepatic dysfunction
  • BMI> 35
  • Known respiratory or cardiovascular problems, such as obstructive sleep apnea or oxygen saturation of less than 92% on room air
  • Taking any of the known drugs that induce or inhibit the cytochrome p450 enzyme systems. Common examples of these drugs are antifungal, antiretroviral, barbiturates, dexamethasone, and macrolide antibiotics.
  • Pregnancy
  • Taking preoperative opioids for more than 2 weeks before the surgery
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00892606

Contact: Anupama Wadhwa, MD 502-852-1005

United States, Kentucky
University of Louisville Hospital Recruiting
Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40202
Contact: Susan Lynch, MBA    502-852-8266   
Principal Investigator: Anupama Wadhwa, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Jim Jackson, MD         
Sub-Investigator: David Seligson, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Heidi Koenig, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Laura Clark, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Louisville
Principal Investigator: Anupama Wadhwa, MD University of Louisville
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Louisville Identifier: NCT00892606     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UofL IRB # 08.0200
Study First Received: April 30, 2009
Last Updated: June 14, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Louisville:
Surgery, Orthopedic
Pain, Postoperative

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
Signs and Symptoms
Analgesics, Opioid
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Antitussive Agents
Respiratory System Agents processed this record on April 25, 2017