Last updated on January 2020

Intranasal Lidocaine to Treat Pediatric Migraine in the Emergency Department


Brief description of study

The purpose of the study is to determine the effect of intranasal lidocaine on pain score in pediatric patients with migraine. Patients with significant pain after oral analgesics and plan for intravenous (IV) abortive therapy will be asked to participate. Half of patients will be given intranasal lidocaine and the other half will be given placebo. Pain scores and associated migraine symptoms (i.e. nausea, vomiting, photophobia, phonophobia, avoidance of activities, and aura) will be monitored and compared between the groups.

Detailed Study Description

This will be a double-blinded, randomized-controlled trial using intranasal lidocaine to provide fast-acting pain relief in pediatric patients presenting with migraine to an urban pediatric emergency department (ED). Typically, abortive therapy for migraine in many emergency departments begins with oral analgesics such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. However, many patients with inadequate pain relief after oral analgesics will require intravenous (IV) medications to abort their migraine symptoms. These medications can take up to thirty minutes or more for the onset of action to begin, potentially leaving patients in significant pain during that time. Also, obtaining IV access in children can be time-consuming and technically difficult, further delaying time to pain relief. Subjects will be given either intranasal lidocaine or placebo while awaiting IV placement and IV metoclopramide administration. Pain scales and associated migraine symptoms will be compared between the two arms before study medication administration and again at 5, 10, and 20 minutes.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03576820

Recruitment Status: Closed


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