ULTRACET (Tramadol Hydrochloride and Acetaminophen) for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain.
The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of ULTRACETÂ® (a combination analgesic) as add-on therapy in rheumatoid arthritis patients taking an NSAID (e.g. AdvilÂ®, MotrinÂ® or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) or a COX-2 inhibitor (e.g. CelebrexÂ®).
Drug: tramadol hydrochloride + acetaminophen
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||ULTRACET (Tramadol Hydrochloride and Acetaminophen) add-on Therapy for the Treatment of the Pain of Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study|
- Average daily pain relief score
- Average daily pain intensity score; average pain relief and intensity score for the final visit; patient's assessment of physical function; overall assessment by the patient; overall assessment by the investigator; and an evaluation of safety
|Study Completion Date:||June 2005|
This is a randomized, multicenter, placebo-controlled, double-blind study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ULTRACET® (tramadol 37.5 mg and acetaminophen 325 mg) as add-on therapy in rheumatoid arthritis patients taking an NSAID or a COX-2 inhibitor. The patients will be randomized into 2 treatment groups: The first group will receive one ULTRACET® tablet 3 times per day for 7 days. The second group will receive one placebo tablet 3 times per day for 7 days. The primary efficacy measurement will be the patients' average daily pain score. Safety will be monitored throughout the study. The study hypothesis is that ULTRACET® will be well tolerated and the average daily pain relief score for the ULTRACET® treatment group will be better than that of placebo group. Patients will take one ULTRACET® tablet or placebo by mouth 3 times per day, for 7 days.