Effect of Eszopiclone on Sleep Disturbance and Pain in Cancer

2014-08-27 03:43:00 | BioPortfolio


To assess the effectiveness of Lunesta on cancer patients who have received chemotherapy and who require patient controlled analgesia (PCA), specifically to assess whether Lunesta will:

- improve sleep thereby decreasing need for opiates via PCA

- improve sleep thereby decreasing pain by self report

- improve sleep thereby decreasing fatigue by self report


Pain and fatigue are the most common symptom complaints of cancer patients. Although dramatic improvements have come about in recognizing and treating cancer related pain, less progress has been made in treating fatigue. Interventions to improve sleep may offer benefit in terms of pain and fatigue.

One of the less commonly recognized side effects of opiate use is sleep disruption.

Experimentally-induced sleep disruption lowers the threshold for detection of painful stimuli. Thus, although opiates are obviously helpful for pain, they do so at certain "costs": they increase next day fatigue, constipation, and have other side effects; they disrupt sleep which further increases next day fatigue; and finally, by virtue of their sleep disruptive properties, they lower the threshold for pain stimuli.

Cancer patients requiring chemotherapy commonly require PCA because of oral mucositis. The objective of this study is to assess whether opiate usage may be reduced and complaints of fatigue and pain be lessened if patients had better sleep.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders




UCSD Thornton Hospital
La Jolla
United States




University of California, San Diego

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