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Pregabalin for Post-craniotomy Pain Control

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 Michal Roll PhD,MBA, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michal Roll PhD,MBA, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Identifier:
First received: June 4, 2012
Last updated: June 5, 2012
Last verified: June 2012


Proper pain relief is a major concern of patients worldwide. Preoperatively, one of the most common questions asked by patients pertains to the amount of pain they will experience after surgery how long it will last and how good will it be controlled. Pain concerns the surgical team as well, because of its correlation with clinical outcomes and patients' satisfaction rate. Studies have shown that negative clinical outcome with regard to pain control includes decreases in vital capacity and alveolar ventilation, pneumonia, tachycardia, hypertension, myocardial ischemia, transition into chronic pain, poor wound healing, and psychological sequelae .

Pain has been found to be one of the three most common medical causes of delayed/aborted discharge after ambulatory surgery, the other two being drowsiness and postoperative nausea/vomiting. Despite progress that has been made with regard to postoperative pain control, and the development of new standards for pain control, many patients continue to experience intense pain after surgery .

Recent advances in the understanding of the particularities of central sensitization indicate that it plays an important role in post surgical and post traumatic pain and therefore should be avoided

Condition Intervention
To Assess the Beneficial Preemptive and Preventive Effects of PGL on the Immediate and Late (1- and 3 Months) Postoperative Analgesia Requirements Drug: Pregabalin Other: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Peri-incisional Pregabalin for Postoperative Pain Attenuation and Analgesics Spare in Elective Neurosurgical Patients: A Randomized, Comparative, Placebo-controlled, Double Blind Study

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Further study details as provided by Michal Roll PhD,MBA, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Subjectively-rated pain intensity, using a 0-10 NRS (0=no pain, 10 = unbearable pain) [ Time Frame: 8 h ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: June 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Lyrica
Patients in one group will receive 150 mg of PGL at 20:00 h the night before surgery and at 1.5 h before surgery, and will undergo surgery under general anesthesia (GA).
Drug: Pregabalin
Patients in one group will receive 150 mg of PGL at 20:00 h the night before surgery and at 1.5 h before surgery, and will undergo surgery under general anesthesia (GA).
Other Name: Lyrica
Active Comparator: Control
no liryca treatment
Other: Control
pain treatment as customary in the department

Detailed Description:


No studies considered the comparison of pre-emptive and post-incisional or post-surgery PGL administration. The investigators hypothesize that the administration of PGL preemptively would diminish pain sensation, and therefore the need for pain administration in neurosurgical patients, better than postoperatively. In addition, preoperative administration could reduce the level of anxiety in these patients.

It should be stressed that this study will used a placebo controlled group and at availuating placebo related psychological effective treatment versus a central efficacy of Lyrica


To assess the beneficial preemptive and preventive effects of PGL on the immediate and late (1- and 3 months) postoperative analgesia requirements and pain scores in neurosurgical patients.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ASA (American Society of Anesthesiologists) physical status I-III
  • patients who will undergo intracranial surgery under general anesthesia only
  • Patients undergoing awake-technique procedures will also be enrolled.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • allergy to opioids, midazolam, PGL, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), dipyrone
  • history of chronic pain or psychiatric disorders and the use of centrally acting antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs. Patients longtime users of sedatives, or antiepileptics
  • soldiers and pregnant women
  • Emergency cases, DBS procedures and patients unable to comprehend and sign the consent form
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01612832

Contact: Avi A Weinbroum, MD 3-6973237 ext 972

Sponsors and Collaborators
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Michal Roll PhD,MBA, Director of the research and development, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Identifier: NCT01612832     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: TASMC-08-WAA-016512-TLV
Study First Received: June 4, 2012
Last Updated: June 5, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Calcium Channel Blockers
Membrane Transport Modulators
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Anti-Anxiety Agents
Tranquilizing Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Psychotropic Drugs processed this record on August 18, 2017