IV Acetaminophen Shown Safe, Effective Managing Pain in Craniotomy Patients

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Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO (April 9, 2014) —Studies have shown that pain management in craniotomy patients is difficult. Physicians avoid prescribing narcotics — typically the medication of choice for pain management — because they impair the evaluation of brain function. Postoperative nausea and vomiting often delay the use of oral medication, and few nonnarcotic intravenous (IV) medications exist. However, the recently approved IV formulation of acetaminophen might present a safe, potent non-opioid choice for craniotomy patients.

A team of researchers led by Walavan Sivakumar, MD, conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of IV acetaminophen in post-craniotomy patients. Their study, titled Intravenous Acetaminophen for Postoperative Supratentorial Craniotomy – A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial, found that patients received IV acetaminophen after a craniotomy had lower narcotic consumption overall and reported lower pain scores.

Dr. Sivakumar presented the team’s findings today during the 82nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

Co-authors of the study include Paul House, MD, FAANS; Robert Hoesch, MD, PhD; Julie Martinez, RN; Nancy Duncan, NP-C; Safdar Ansari, MD; and Craig Kilburg, MD.

Disclosure: The author reported no conflicts of interest.

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