Pain Research and Management

Pain Research and Management / 2014 / Article

Original Article | Open Access

Volume 19 |Article ID 280549 |

Yuko Kanbayashi, Keiko Onishi, Toyoshi Hosokawa, "Factors Predicting Adverse Events Associated with Pregabalin Administered for Neuropathic Pain Relief", Pain Research and Management, vol. 19, Article ID 280549, 4 pages, 2014.

Factors Predicting Adverse Events Associated with Pregabalin Administered for Neuropathic Pain Relief


BACKGROUND:Pregabalin administration is occasionally abandoned due to adverse events such as somnolence, dizziness, unsteadiness, weight gain and edema. However, the exact causes of these differences in adverse events associated with pregabalin have not been elucidated.OBJECTIVE: To identify factors predicting adverse events associated with pregabalin administered for neuropathic pain.METHODS: The present study was a retrospective analysis involving 208 patients with neuropathic pain who had been treated with pregabalin in the pain clinic at the authors’ hospital between July 2010 and September 2011. Variables were extracted from the clinical records for regression analysis of factors related to the occurrence of adverse events associated with pregabalin administration. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to examine the relationship between various predictive factors and the adverse events.RESULTS: Predictive factors were: duration of therapy (OR 1.684 [95% CI 1.179 to 2.406]; P=0.0042) for somnolence; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (OR 0.132 [95% CI 0.030 to 0.578]; P=0.0072), age (OR 3.137 [95% CI 1.220 to 8.066]; P=0.0177) and maintenance dose (OR 0.437 [95% CI 0.217 to 0.880]; P=0.0205) for unsteadiness; serum creatinine (OR 6.439 [95% CI 1.541 to 26.902]; P=0.0107) for body weight gain; and neurotropin (OR 8.538 [95% CI 1.159 to 62.901]; P=0.0353) and serum creatinine (OR 6.912 [95% CI 1.118 to 42.726]; P=0.0375) for edema.CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study indicate that care is warranted regarding long durations of therapy for somnolence, advanced age rather than dose-dependent adverse events for unsteadiness, elevated serum creatinine level for weight gain, and elevated serum creatinine level and combination use of neurotropin for edema. The safety of the combined use of pregabalin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were also suggested.

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