Oxycodone for cancer-related pain: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

CM Reid, RM Martin, JAC Sterne, ANT Davies, GW Hanks

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Abstract

To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of oxycodone in cancer-related pain, we conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Four studies, comparing oral oxycodone with either oral morphine (n = 3) or oral hydromorphone (n = 1), were suitable for meta-analysis. Standardized mean differences in pain scores comparing oxycodone with control groups were pooled using random-effects models. Overall, there was no evidence that mean pain scores differed between oxycodone and control drugs (pooled standardized mean difference, 0.04; 95% confidence interval [CI], –0.29 to 0.36; P = .8; I2 = 62%). In meta-regression analyses, pain scores were higher for oxycodone compared with morphine (0.20; 95% CI, –0.04 to 0.44) and lower compared with hydromorphone (–0.36; 95% CI, –0.71 to 0.00), although these effect sizes were small. The efficacy and tolerability of oxycodone are similar to morphine, supporting its use as an opioid for cancer-related pain.
Translated title of the contributionOxycodone for cancer-related pain: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837 - 843
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume166
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Publisher: American Medical Association

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