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Lidocaine: Effect of Lidocaine in Chronic Cough

Information source: University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Chronic Cough

Intervention: 10 % Lidocaine (Drug); 10 % Lidocaine (Drug); 0.9% saline (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Ashley Woodcock, MD, FRCP, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Manchester


People cough in order to clear their airways. Most coughs are caused by viruses and settle down by themselves, but some people develop persistent coughing which can be anywhere from 8 weeks to several years. This is called chronic cough. People with chronic cough find the symptom distressing and it can have a major impact on their quality of life. Patients with chronic cough often report a sensation at the back of their throat which makes them feel an urge to cough. There is some evidence that Lidocaine (an anaesthetic used during medical procedures) can suppress a person's cough when given to patients via a nebuliser (a machine that turns liquid into a fine mist). It is currently unknown whether using a local anaesthetic, such as Lidocaine, in the form of a throat spray would successfully suppress a person's cough. A throat spray would be an easier treatment option in chronic cough patients. Thus, the investigators research aims to compare cough rates, severity and urge to cough scores between Lidocaine throat spray and nebulised Lidocaine.

Clinical Details

Official title: Effect of Lidocaine and Its Delivery in Patients With Chronic Cough

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

Primary outcome: Objective cough counts over 10 hours post dose. Change in Urge to cough and Visual Analogue Score (VAS).

Secondary outcome:

Heart rate

Mouth Numbness

Electrocardiogram (ECG)


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- Male and female subjects, age 18 years and over.

- History of cough for more than 8 weeks.

- Normal chest x ray

- Chronic idiopathic cough or chronic cough resistant to treatment of specific

triggers. Exclusion Criteria:

- Smoking status:

- Current smokers

- Ex smokers with history of smoking > 20 pack years or those who have given up <

6 months ago.

- Prohibited medications:

- Use of medications likely to suppress / affect cough including codeine,

morphine, pregabalin, gabapentin, amitriptylline, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (type 1) and baclofen.

- Use of any anti-arrhythmic medication.

- Use of cimetidine, beta blockers, or diuretics.

- Cardiovascular conditions:

- Sinoatrial disease, bradycardia or all types of heart blocks.

- History of ischaemic heart disease or heart failure.

- Clinically significant abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG) at Screening or


- History of cardiac surgery

- Respiratory conditions:

o Asthma.

- Central nervous system / Peripheral nervous system conditions:

- Epilepsy.

- Myasthenia gravis.

- Miscellaneous:

- History of hepatic or renal dysfunction.

- Porphyria

- History of hypersensitivity to Lidocaine or related drugs.

- Pregnancy or breast feeding.

- Participation in another trial within the preceding 6 weeks.

- Trauma or ulceration to oral mucosa.

- History of chest or upper airway infection within the past 6 weeks.

- Conditions which may affect cough response such as stroke, diabetes, Parkinson's


Locations and Contacts

University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester M23 9LT, United Kingdom
Additional Information

Starting date: February 2011
Last updated: September 15, 2011

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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