Pregabalin for peripheral neuropathic pain: results of a multicenter, non-comparative, open-label study in Indian patients.Int J Clin Pract. 2006 Sep; 60(9):1060-7.IJ
The aim of this study was to evaluate the tolerability, safety and efficacy of pregabalin in Indian patients with peripheral neuropathic pain. In this prospective, multicenter, non-comparative, open-label study, patients with peripheral neuropathic pain (n = 111) received pregabalin in doses ranging from 75 to 300 mg twice daily for 3 weeks. Primary efficacy measures included weekly pain score and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) score of the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ). Despite a short study duration, a significant reduction was seen in weekly pain score (p < 0.0001), as well as VAS score of SF-MPQ (p < 0.0001). Significant improvements were also seen in other pain-related endpoints, weekly sleep interference score, quality of life measures, and patient and clinician ratings of global improvement. Pregabalin was well tolerated, and the most common adverse events were dizziness and somnolence. The short study duration precluded the assessment of longer term safety issues such as weight gain. This study has demonstrated the safety, tolerability and efficacy of pregabalin for peripheral neuropathic pain in Indian patients.