Do you take a prescribed opioid medication for chronic pain and are age 21-70? Do you have trouble swallowing pills? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study to find out if a pain medication called Xtampza ER is easier to swallow. Participants must be current patients of a UPMC Pain Medicine Clinic, or be willing to schedule an appointment with this clinic. Compensation provided.
People with chronic pain are often prescribed pain medication that must be taken by mouth, but up to 1 in 5 adults have trouble swallowing pills. For some people, difficulty swallowing pills results in uncontrolled pain and dissatisfaction with care.
The purpose of this study is to find out if mixing a pain medication called Xtampza ER with food can help people take pain medication. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better ways to provide pain relief to people who are unable to swallow pills.
• Ages 21-70
• Have had chronic pain for at least 6 months that is not related to a cancer diagnosis
• Take a prescribed opioid medication for chronic pain
• Have difficulty swallowing opioid medication
• Must be a UPMC Pain Medicine Clinic patient (or be willing to schedule an appointment with this clinic)
• Have a mobile phone (a smartphone is not required)
• Are willing to switch to a new pain medication for six weeks
Participation involves four visits over six weeks. Participants will agree to switch their current pain medication to Xtampza ER for six weeks, complete online surveys, and respond to daily text messages.
DURATION: 6 weeks
VISITS: 4 visits
UPMC Pain Medicine Clinic - Centre Commons 5750 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
|Up to $120|
Ajay D. Wasan, MD, MSc, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Wasan has a particular expertise in interventional procedures, neuropathic pain medications, and psychiatric co-morbidities of chronic pain.