Oral versus intravenous acetaminophen as a constituent of multimodal analgesia after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A randomized, blinded trial

  • Sajad Yarahmadi Mail Department of Critical Care Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran AND Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
  • Behzad Moradi Department of Surgical Technology, Faculty of Paramedicine, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
  • Rasool Mohammadi Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Nutrition, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
  • Maryam Saran Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
  • Arash Ardalan Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California, USA
  • Noordin Mohammadi School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Tayebeh Cheraghian Shahid Rahimi Hospital, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
coronary artery bypass grafting; intravenous acetaminophen; multimodal analgesia; oral acetaminophen; pain management


Background & Aim: This trial aimed to compare the pain relief and side effects of Oral Acetaminophen (OA) and Intravenous Acetaminophen (IVA) after CABG surgery.

Methods & Materials: This parallel-group, triple-blinded, randomized trial was conducted on 113 CABG patients from September 2017 through February 2018.  The samples were selected through blocked randomization and allocated into two groups using computer-generated. The participants administered 1gr oral (OA group, n=57) or intravenous Acetaminophen (IVA group, n=56) every 6h for the first 24h following surgery; also, pain controlled in both group with Morphine multimodal analgesia strategy. Pain intensity measurement by VAS was followed after extubating the endotracheal tube at the 0, 1, 6, 12, 18 and 24 hours during the rest and deep breathing. The Morphine consumption and the incidence of nausea and vomiting in the first 24h were assessed. Data were analyzed using SPSS software and Chi-square, t-test, mixed ANOVA and ANCOVA test.

Results: The pain score in the IVA group was found to be statistically significantly lower than the OA group at rest (P<0.001) and during deep breathing (P<0.001) in the first 24h. There was no statistically significant difference between groups regarding the cumulative Morphine consumption (P=0.056). The use of IVA was associated with a reduction in frequencies of nausea and vomiting incidents (P=0.029).

Conclusion: Administration of IVA for the management of postoperative pain in CABG patients significantly reduced pain score and incidence of nausea and vomiting compared to OA. Any reduction in cumulative Morphine consumption did not accompany the lower pain.


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Yarahmadi S, Moradi B, Mohammadi R, Saran M, Ardalan A, Mohammadi N, Cheraghian T. Oral versus intravenous acetaminophen as a constituent of multimodal analgesia after coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A randomized, blinded trial. NPT. 7(2):131-139.
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