Clinical Trial Comparing Two Pain Meds

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • A national study is currently recruiting patients for a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Fentanyl Buccal Tablets compared with oxycodone for alleviating breakthrough pain in opioid tolerant patients with chronic pain.  There are 46 study locations across the U.S.  To learn more about the study and who is eligible to participate, see “Efficacy and Safety of Fentanyl Buccal Tablets Compared With Oxycodone for the Management of Breakthrough Pain.”

    Before you run out to sign up for this, or any, clinical trial, there are some important things to consider.

    Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

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    Often people participate in clinical trials because none of the standard treatment options have worked for them and they’re hoping to find something new that will relieve their symptoms.  Some participate because they want to contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge and help others.  Whatever your reason, ask lots of questions and understand what you’re getting into before volunteering. 

    Here are a few things you need to consider and questions you need to ask before deciding to participate in a clinical trial:

    • There’s no guarantee you will get the drug being tested.  You may get the placebo.
    • There may be unpleasant, serious, or even life-threatening side effects from the treatment.
    • Even if you get the new drug, it may not work for you.
    • You may have to discontinue all other medications in order to participate.
    • Will you be compensated for your time, travel expenses, etc.?
    • How much of your time will be required?
    • If the medication works for you, will you be able to continue getting it after the trial is completed?

    There are also benefits to participating in clinical trials:

    • You are getting actively involved in your health care.
    • You have access to expert medical care and specialists in the field.
    • You may find a new treatment that is effective for you.
    • You’re helping others and making a valuable contribution to medical research. 

    Clinical trials are important.  We wouldn’t have any of the life-saving medications and treatments currently available without clinical trials.  Just be sure you know what to expect before you make the commitment.

Published On: September 02, 2008