Last updated on July 2009

Ibuprofen or Morphine in Treating Pain in Patients Undergoing Pleurodesis for Malignant Pleural Effusion


Brief description of study

RATIONALE: Morphine and ibuprofen help lessen pain caused by pleurodesis. It is not yet known whether one drug is more effective than the other in lessening pleurodesis-related pain or whether the size of the chest drain tube affects pain. PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying ibuprofen to see how well it works compared with morphine in treating pain in patients undergoing pleurodesis for malignant pleural effusion.

Detailed Study Description

OBJECTIVES: Primary - To evaluate the efficacy of a non-steroidal based regimen comprising ibuprofen in decreasing post-pleurodesis pain as compared to an opiate-based regimen comprising morphine sulfate in patients with malignant pleural effusion. - To evaluate whether chest drain size influences the amount of post-pleurodesis pain. OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Patients are stratified according to histological tissue type (mesothelioma vs non-mesothelioma) and thoracoscopic procedure. Patients are randomized to 1 of 4 treatment arms. - Arm I: Patients undergo pleurodesis after placement of a large bore chest drain (24F) on day 0 and receive oral ibuprofen 3 times daily for 3 days. The chest tube is removed on day 3. - Arm II: Patients undergo pleurodesis after placement of a small bore chest drain (12F) on day 0 and receive oral ibuprofen 3 times daily for 3 days. The chest tube is removed on day 3. - Arm III: Patients undergo pleurodesis after placement of a large bore chest drain (24F) on day 0 and receive oral morphine sulfate 4 times daily for 3 days. The chest tube is removed on day 3. - Arm IV: Patients undergo pleurodesis after placement of a small bore chest drain (12F) on day 0 and receive oral morphine sulfate 4 times daily for 3 days. The chest tube is removed on day 3. All patients will receive regular background analgesia comprising paracetamol 4 times daily on days 0-3. Patients not adequately treated with these regimens may also receive rescue analgesia comprising morphine sulfate IV on days 0-3. After completion of study treatment, patients are followed at 1, 3, and 6 months, and periodically thereafter.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT00644319

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