Preoperative Gabapentin for Acute and Chronic Post-thoracotomy Analgesia
One dose of either gabapentin or placebo will be given to patients prior to thoracotomy. Patients will also receive an epidural infusion, intravenous patient-controlled analgesia with fentanyl, oral acetaminophen and intravenous ketorolac as needed to achieve optimal analgesia. Pain ratings and supplemental medication use will be recorded for 48 hours and will also be assessed at 3 months postoperatively to determine whether the patients who received gabapentin had improved analgesia and/or required less supplemental medication than the placebo group.
The gabapentin dose utilized is 600 mg. The epidural infusion utilizes bupivacaine 0.075% with hydromorphone 10 mcg/cc infusing at 6 cc/hour. The settings for the fentanyl patient-controlled analgesia device start at 10 mcg every 10 minutes with a 200 mcg 4 hour maximum.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment
Active, not recruiting
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00588159
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
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