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True Functional Restoration and Analgesia in Non-Radicular Low Back Pain

Information source: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Low Back Pain

Intervention: Hydromorphone ER (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Norman Harden, M.D., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago


You are asked to take part in this study because you have chronic, non-radicular low back pain. This study is done to investigate the pain relieving effects of the study drug Exalgo (Hydromorphone ER) for people who experience chronic non-radicular low back pain. The purpose of this research is to look at how the study drug can be used to benefit people who experience this type of pain. This is a phase IV study done to study the safety and effectiveness of the drug. At this point the drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and has been studied in more than 2,000 pain patients in clinical trials, including individuals with low back pain. About 36 subjects will take part in this study.

Clinical Details

Official title: True Functional Restoration and Analgesia in Non-Radicular Low Back Pain: a Prospective Double Blind, Placebo-controlled Study of Hydromorphone ER

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome:

Change in McGill Pain Questionnaire - Short Form

Change in VAS

Secondary outcome:

Change in PASS

Change in Pain Disability

Change in Stair Climb Time

Change in Treadmill Distance Walked

Change in Sit to Stand Repetitions

Change in Distance to Floor

Change in Time to Lift Box

Change in NRS After Stair Climb

Change in NRS After Treadmill Walk

Change in NRS After Sit to Stand Repetitions

Change in NRS After Box Lift

Detailed description: As a participant in this study, you will be asked to come to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Center for Pain Studies (446 E Ontario St. Suite 1011, Chicago, IL 60611). Your part in this study will last for 8 weeks and will involve 3 visits to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and anywhere from weekly phone calls to phone calls every other day. If you are in this study, you will be placed in one of two study groups: one group will receive the study drug and one will receive a placebo. You will be assigned a study group by chance using a process similar to the flip of a coin. This process is called randomization. Neither you nor the study staff will select the group you will be in. A placebo looks like the study drug but is an inactive substance that has no medication. Researchers use a placebo to see if the study drug works better or is safer than not taking anything. You will have a 66% chance of getting the study drug. You will receive placebo at some point during the study but you will not know whether you are receiving placebo or study drug during the entire study. However, if you have a medical emergency, the investigators can get this information.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Meets our criteria for Chronic Non-Radicular Back Pain (CNRBP): non-radiating (below

buttocks), no frank weakness or atrophy, no sensory or reflex changes

- If female, is not pregnant or breast feeding, and not currently attempting to

conceive; if of childbearing potential, use of a highly effective method of birth control (as determined by Pl).

- Able to read and speak English and provide informed consent; ages: 18-90.

- Able to understand and comply with all data collection methodology.

- Subjects may continue any non opioid, non acetaminophen stable drug regimen with no

changes during the course of study and not use rescue medications 12 hours before testing.

- Subjects taking opioids must agree to detoxify for the protocol. If they agree they

will detox under the direction of the PI before entering the protocol. They may begin the acetaminophen rescue med as per the protocol while in detox.

- Must have pain greater than or equal to 5 on a 10 point Numeric Rating scale (NRS) at

phone screening, or pain greater than or equal to 50 on VAS at visit one. Exclusion Criteria:

- Subjects with hypersensitivity to Opioids, Acetominophen or Exalgo.

- Subjects with severe or untreated psychiatric disturbance (e. g. mania, depression

[esp suicidality], anxiety, substance dependence).

- Subjects with a clinical diagnosis of fibromyalgia or polymyalgia rheumatica.

- Subjects with severe ongoing or unaddressed medical conditions (e. g. Renal or Hepatic

disease [creatinine>1. 5 ml/dl; AST or ALT> 3x normal limit], uncontrolled hypertension), pulmonary disease, uncontrolled seizure disorder, gastoparesis or urinary retention.

Locations and Contacts

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60611, United States
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Last updated: July 9, 2015

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