A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of paracetamol and ketoprofren lysine salt for pain control in children with pharyngotonsillitis cared by family pediatricians

Nicolino Ruperto, Luigi Carozzino, Roberto Jamone, Federico Freschi, Gianfranco Picollo, Marcella Zera, Ornella Della Casa Alberighi, Enrica Salvatori, Alessandra Del Vecchio, Paolo Dionisio, Alberto Martini

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Abstract

Background: To evaluate the analgesic effect and tolerability of paracetamol syrup compared to placebo and ketoprofen lysine salt in children with pharyngotonsillitis cared by family pediatricians. Methods. A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of a 12 mg/kg single dose of paracetamol paralleled by open-label ketoprofren lysine salt sachet 40 mg. Six to 12 years old children with diagnosis of pharyngo-tonsillitis and a Children's Sore Throat Pain (CSTP) Thermometer score > 120 mm were enrolled. Primary endpoint was the Sum of Pain Intensity Differences (SPID) of the CSTP Intensity scale by the child. Results: 97 children were equally randomized to paracetamol, placebo or ketoprofen. Paracetamol was significantly more effective than placebo in the SPID of children and parents (P <0.05) but not in the SPID reported by investigators, 1 hour after drug administration. Global evaluation of efficacy showed a statistically significant advantage of paracetamol over placebo after 1 hour either for children, parents or investigators. Patients treated in open fashion with ketoprofen lysine salt, showed similar improvement in pain over time. All treatments were well-tolerated. Conclusions: A single oral dose of paracetamol or ketoprofen lysine salt are safe and effective analgesic treatments for children with sore throat in daily pediatric ambulatory care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number48
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • family pediatricians
  • ketoprofen lysine salt
  • paracetamol
  • placebo
  • randomized double blind clinical trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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