Efficacy of spinal oxytocin in healthy volunteers

What we are studying

The goals of this study are to see if a dose of oxytocin, given into the spinal fluid has any effect on pain or discomfort in the skin sensation that will take place after applying capsaicin (chili pepper) cream. The sunburn-like sensation that people experience after having capsaicin cream applied is similar to, but much milder than, the pain that some people have after surgery and after certain types of nerve injuries.

Who is Eligible

  • Genders:
    • Men
    • Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18 - 59

Eligibility Criteria

  • Healthy
  • Taking no pain medications
  • No current pain conditions

What is involved

  • 2 Study visits to the Clinical Investigation Unit


$300 for completing all scheduled study visits

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Regina Curry, RN
[email protected]




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