‘Pregabalin works for nerve pain in legs no better than a placebo’

‘Pregabalin works for nerve pain in legs no better than a placebo’

Pregabalin, the drug that is prescribed for nerve pain, would be no better repercussions than a placebo.

Over two hundred patients with nerve pain in the legs names for eight weeks pregabalin (brand name Lyrica) or a placebo, in the study published in New England Journal of Medicine.

The initial dose of the drug was 150 milligrams, and this continued through the onderzoekperiode to 600 milligrams. The majority of the participants had suffered from acute nerve pain, and experienced not more than three months of complaints.

At the beginning of the study assessed the patients of their pain by an average of a six on a scale of one to ten. After the eight weeks was the pain in both groups decreased. The placebo group rated their pain on a 3.1, while the group that drugs took, on average, a 3.7 accord.


After a year, they were again asked to their pain, to rate. Both groups gave on average a 3. However, had the patients that pregabalin intakes also suffer from side effects. As had 40 percent suffered from dizziness.

According to researcher Christine Lin would pregabalin is not effective for nerve pain, but it is important that patients that the drug use and seek the advice of their doctor.

Doctor Nadina Attal of the university of Versailles-Saint-Quentin in France says that ibuprofen in acute nerve pain would be more effective. In the case of chronic pain could include some anti-depressants are working. However, there is still no medication found that nerve pain is successfully treated.

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