Efficacy of Intravenous Ibuprofen Compared to Intravenous Ketorolac for Pain Control Following Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: July 12, 2013
Last updated: August 26, 2014
Last verified: August 2014
The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of intravenous ibuprofen compared to ketorolac for the treatment of postoperative pain as measured by patient pain intensity (Visual Analog Scale, VAS)

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: IV ibuprofen
Drug: Ketorolac
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multicenter, Prospective, Randomized, Double-blind Study to Determine the Efficacy of Intravenous Ibuprofen Compared to Intravenous Ketorolac for Pain Control Following Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

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Further study details as provided by Cumberland Pharmaceuticals:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy of Pain Relief [ Time Frame: First possible time post-surgery, an expected average of 6 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Pain assessed using VAS (Visual Analog Scale)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Rescue medication use in post-operative period [ Time Frame: Post-operative period until discharge, an expected average of 6 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Amount of rescue med (in mg) will be measured

  • Time to first use of rescue med will be measured [ Time Frame: Post-operative period until discharge, an expected average of 6 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Patient satisfaction [ Time Frame: Post-operative period until discharge, an expected average of 6 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Measured using 2 question, 4 point scale.

  • Incidence of serious adverse events [ Time Frame: Post-operative period until discharge, an expected average of 6 hours ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: July 2013
Study Completion Date: August 2014
Primary Completion Date: August 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: IV ibuprofen
800mg ibuprofen
Drug: IV ibuprofen
Other Name: Caldolor
Active Comparator: ketorolac
30mg ketorolac
Drug: Ketorolac
Other Name: Ketorolac Tromethamine


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients scheduled for knee arthroscopy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inadequate IV access.
  • History of allergy or hypersensitivity to any component of ibuprofen, ketorolac, aspirin (or aspirin related products), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids or COX-2 inhibitors.
  • Less than 18 years of age.
  • Use of analgesics less than 8 hours prior to surgery.
  • Patients with active, clinically significant anemia.
  • History or evidence of asthma or heart failure.
  • Pregnant.
  • Recent history of chronic opioid use.
  • Concomitant use of probenecid.
  • Inability to understand the requirements of the study, be willing to provide written informed consent (as evidenced by signature on an informed consent document approved by an Institutional Review Board [IRB]), and agree to abide by the study restrictions and to return for the required assessments.
  • Refusal to provide written authorization for use and disclosure of protected health information.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01901393

United States, Florida
Shrock Orthopedic Research
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 33316
United States, Illinois
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
United States, Mississippi
North Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Clinic
Tupelo, Mississippi, United States, 38801
United States, Ohio
The Ohio State University Vexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio, United States, 43210
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
Study Director: Arthur P Wheeler, MD Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Cumberland Pharmaceuticals
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01901393     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CPI-CL-020 
Study First Received: July 12, 2013
Last Updated: August 26, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Cumberland Pharmaceuticals:
Post Operative Pain,
Pail relief

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ketorolac Tromethamine
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Antirheumatic Agents
Central Nervous System Agents
Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Sensory System Agents
Therapeutic Uses

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