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    ABSTRACT: To assess the safety and efficacy of adding intrathecal morphine to intrathecal ziconotide in patients treated with stable ziconotide doses. Multicenter, open-label study with a 4-week morphine titration phase during which ziconotide was held constant and an extension phase during which dosing of either drug could vary. Outpatient clinics. Patients with suboptimal pain relief receiving stable ziconotide doses (> or = 4.8 microg/day) in one of two ongoing ziconotide trials. Ziconotide dosing remained constant during the titration phase; intrathecal morphine titration was based on each patient's daily systemic opioid dose at the study's start. During the extension phase, intrathecal ziconotide and morphine dosing were adjusted per investigator discretion. Safety was assessed primarily via adverse events. Efficacy was analyzed via percentage change on the visual analog scale of pain intensity and in weekly systemic opioid consumption. Twenty-five patients enrolled. The most common (> or = 10% of patients in either study phase) study drug-related (i.e., ziconotide/morphine combination [or ziconotide monotherapy in the extension phase only]) treatment-emergent adverse events included dizziness, peripheral edema, pruritus, and nausea. From the initial visit to week 4, visual analog scale of pain intensity scores improved by a mean of 26.3% (95% confidence interval: 15.6%-37.1%) but varied during the extension phase (mean percentage change from the initial visit ranged from -0.4% at week 16 to -35.0% at week 72). Mean percentage decrease in systemic opioid consumption from the initial visit was 49.1% at week 4 and 51.2% at week 56 of the extension phase. Intrathecal morphine, combined with stable intrathecal ziconotide doses, reduced pain in patients with previously suboptimal pain relief on ziconotide monotherapy.
    Pain Medicine 04/2008; 9(3):282-90. · 2.46 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Safety and efficacy data from a study of slow intrathecal (IT) ziconotide titration for the management of severe chronic pain are presented. Patients randomized to ziconotide (n = 112) or placebo (n = 108) started IT infusion at 0.1 microg/hour (2.4 microg/day), increasing gradually (0.05-0.1 microg/hour increments) over 3 weeks. The ziconotide mean dose at termination was 0.29 microg/hour (6.96 microg/day). Patients' baseline Visual Analogue Scale of Pain Intensity (VASPI) score was 80.7 (SD 15). Statistical significance was noted for VASPI mean percentage improvement, baseline to Week 3 (ziconotide [14.7%] vs. placebo [7.2%; P = 0.036]) and many of the secondary efficacy outcomes measures. Significant adverse events (AEs) reported in the ziconotide group were dizziness, confusion, ataxia, abnormal gait, and memory impairment. Discontinuation rates for AEs and serious AEs were comparable for both groups. Slow titration of ziconotide, a nonopioid analgesic, to a low maximum dose resulted in significant improvement in pain and was better tolerated than in two previous controlled trials that used a faster titration to a higher mean dose.
    Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 06/2006; 31(5):393-406. · 2.60 Impact Factor
  • Neuromodulation 07/2005; 8(3):153-4. · 1.19 Impact Factor