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Post-operative Oral Morphine Versus Ibuprofen

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Verified March 2016 by Lawson Health Research Institute
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Naveen Poonai, Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2012
Last updated: March 2, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
Children 5-17 years of age who have undergo orthopedic day surgical procedures for definitive management of fractures, tendon release, etc. will be randomized to receive either ibuprofen or oral morphine as needed for pain relief for 48 hours post-operatively at home. Pain will be assessed using the self-report Faces pain scale revised (FPS-R). We hypothesize that oral morphine will result in significantly lower pain scores on the Faces Pain Scale Revised (FPS-R) compared to ibuprofen. It is hoped that the results of this trial will create a new option for post-operative pain management in children.

Condition Intervention Phase
Post-operative Pain
Drug: oral morphine
Drug: Ibuprofen
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Oral Morphine Versus Ibuprofen for Post-operative Pain Management in Children: a Randomized Controlled Study

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Further study details as provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in faces pain score pre and post surgical intervention [ Time Frame: 48 hours from the time of discharge from hospital. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: ibuprofen
ibuprofen 10 mg/kg (max 600 mg) every 6 hours as needed for pain (maximum 4 doses) from the time the patient is discharged from hospital as deemed by the physician to a maximum of 48 hours.
Drug: Ibuprofen
Active Comparator: oral morphine
oral morphine 0.5 mg/kg (max 20 mg) every 6 hours as needed for pain (maximum 4 doses) from the time the patient is discharged from hospital as deemed by the physician to a maximum of 48 hours.
Drug: oral morphine


Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • all children aged 5-17 years who undergo an elective orthopedic or fracture-related surgical procedure at the Children's Hospital in London, Ontario and have a same-day discharge.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known hypersensitivity to either ibuprofen or morphine
  • chronic users of NSAIDS or opioids
  • developmental delay
  • poor English fluency
  • pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01686802

Contact: Naveen P C Poonai, MSc MD FRCPC 519-694-5309

Canada, Ontario
London Health Science Center Recruiting
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5W9
Principal Investigator: Naveen PC Poonai, MSc MD FRCPC         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Naveen Poonai, MSc MD FRCPC Lawson Health Research Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: Naveen Poonai, Principal Investigator, Lawson Health Research Institute Identifier: NCT01686802     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 102923 
Study First Received: September 13, 2012
Last Updated: March 2, 2016
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:
oral morphine
post-operative pain

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
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on October 25, 2016