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Conversion From Parenteral to Oral Methadone.

Information source: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Pain

Intervention: Parenteral /oral methadone ratio 1:2 (Drug); Parenteral /oral methadone ratio 1:1.2 (Drug)

Phase: Phase 3

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: L'Hospitalet de Llobregat

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):

Overall contact:
JESÚS GONZÁLEZ-BARBOTEO, MD, Phone: 0034932607789, Email: jgonzalez@iconcologia.net


The majority of current studies regarding the use of methadone (MTD) in the treatment of cancer pain are focused in its administration via the oral route (PO). The ratio considered from VO to parenteral route (BP) is 2: 1. Academic literature assumes the ratio from BP to VO to be 1: 2. In our unit, we use MTD in the context of ROP and not as the last opioid. If face with a situation where there is a good control of pain with MTD BP, usually we move to VO. We have observed that the traditional ratio tend to produce certain toxicity problems. Because of this, we have proposed a new ratio of conversion from PAR MTD to oral MTD, i. e. 1: 1. 2

Clinical Details

Official title: Prospective Randomized Simple Blinded Study Comparing Two Conversion Ratios From Parenteral to Oral Methadone in Patients With Cancer Pain.

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Primary outcome: Proportion of intoxicated patients in each groups

Secondary outcome: Parenteral/oral MTD final ratio in patients considered as "failure"

Detailed description: OBJECTIVE: To compare the different ratios of conversion from MTD VP to MTD PO. To verify the presence of lower toxicity in the ratio 1: 1. 2 against 1: 2 while still maintaining a good control of pain in patients with advanced cancer that are hospitalized in different palliative care units. METHODOLOGY: Prospective randomized single blind study in patients with cancer pain treated with parenteral MTD and that would move into MTD oral provided there is good control of pain. The patients will be randomly split into two groups: (Group A = ratio 1: 1. 2 and Group B=ratio 1: 2). Patients will be evaluated during the two days before the switch is applied, the day of the change and during the 3 days post-ROP. The patients who display significant toxicity and/or bad analgesic control within the first 72 hours post-ROP will be considered negative cases. The size of the sample required will include 44 patients distributed in balanced groups in order to obtain a size effect of 45% and a statistical power of 80%. The significance level will be 0. 05 for two tails. STATISTIC ANALYSIS: By means of Chi-squared to compare the proportion of Opioid Rotation (OR) failure in both groups of study.


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- diagnosis of advanced disease of any type of malignancy;

- >18 years old at the time of inclusion;

- for inclusion in the screening phase, the patient is a candidate to pass parenteral

methadone to oral methadone (MTD) following to the physician criteria.

- for inclusion in the assessment phase should follow: presence of cancer pain

controlled with no significant toxicity with MTD VP for 48h. Be considered controlled pain and absence of significant toxicity due to MTD, as the definitions given in the general protocol; e) signing the informed consent form. Exclusion Criteria: 1. impairment cognitive status that interferes with the assessment; 2. diagnosis of psychiatric disorders at the time of recruitment that alters the ability to evaluate; 3. presence of side effects due to chemotherapy and / or radiotherapy prior to the change of route of administration, taking into account the following two criteria:

- For patients on a protocol of successive cycles of chemotherapy (no change in

chemotherapy regimen), having presented side effects due to chemotherapy in the 15 days prior to the change of route of administration as clinically and following the recommendations of the 2011 4th ed Oncomecum of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology and deemed that may interfere with the assessment of the primary endpoint.

- For patients starting a new protocol of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, have

submitted side effects due to such treatment in the 28 days prior to the change of route of administration based on clinical judgment and following the recommendations of the Oncomecum 2011 4th ed. of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology and deemed that may interfere with the assessment of the primary endpoint. 4. invasive anesthesic techniques have been made during the 3 days before changing to oral parenteral; 5. patients at agony.

Locations and Contacts

JESÚS GONZÁLEZ-BARBOTEO, MD, Phone: 0034932607789, Email: jgonzalez@iconcologia.net

Hospital Arnau de Vilanova, Lleida 25198, Spain; Recruiting
MARÍA NABAL-VICUÑA, PHD, Phone: 0034973240100, Ext: 5243, Email: mnabal@secpal.com
MARÍA NABAL-VICUÑA, PHD, Principal Investigator
JAUME CANAL-SOTELO, MD, Sub-Investigator

Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid 28046, Spain; Recruiting
Leyre Díez Porres, PhD, Phone: 003491 727 70 57, Email: ldiezporres@gmail.com
Leyre Diez Porres, PhD, Principal Investigator
Alberto Alonso Babarro, MD, Sub-Investigator
Yolanda Vilches, MD, Sub-Investigator

Institut Català D'Ncologia. Hospital Duran Y Reynals, L'hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona 08907, Spain; Recruiting
JESÚS GONZÁLEZ-BARBOTEO, MD, Phone: 0034932607789, Email: jgonzalez@iconcologia.net
JESÚS GONZÁLEZ-BARBOTEO, MD, Principal Investigator
JOSEP PORTA-SALES, PHD, Sub-Investigator

Additional Information

Related publications:

González-Barboteo J, Porta-Sales J, Sánchez D, Tuca A, Gómez-Batiste X. Conversion from parenteral to oral methadone. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2008;22(3):200-5.

Starting date: August 2011
Last updated: April 9, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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