Methadone Versus Placebo in Spine Fusion

2014-08-27 03:13:39 | BioPortfolio


1. Research Question: What is the influence of methadone on postoperative analgesia after lumbar interbody fusion in opioid naïve patients or patients who are taking less than equivalent of 15 mg IV morphine each day? What is the incidence of opioid related postoperative side effects after the administration of methadone in the operating room?

2. Hypothesis: (1) We hypothesize that 0.2 mg/kg of methadone will result in decreased postoperative hydromorphone consumption compared to hydromorphone alone in opioid naïve patients or patients who are taking less than the equivalent of 15 mg IV morphine a day undergoing lumbar interbody fusion. (2) We hypothesize that the incidence of opioid related postoperative side effects will not be increased by the administration of methadone in the operating room.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Postoperative Analgesia


Methadone, Saline


Northwestern Memorial Hospital
United States


Enrolling by invitation


Northwestern University

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:39-0400

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