Effect of a single dose of pregabalin on herpes zoster pain.
Author(s): Jensen-Dahm C, Rowbotham MC, Reda H, Petersen KL
Affiliation(s): Department of Neurology University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.
Publication date & source: 2011-02-28, Trials., 12:55.
Publication type: Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
BACKGROUND: The effect of pregabalin on acute herpes zoster pain has not been previously evaluated. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-session crossover study the effect of a single oral dose of pregabalin (150 mg) on pain and allodynia was evaluated in 8 subjects with herpes zoster. RESULTS: Over 6 hours of observation, pain decreased by a mean of 33% with pregabalin and 14% with placebo (p < 0.10). Effects on allodynia and SF-MPQ were not significant. CONCLUSIONS: Compared to an earlier study of gabapentin 900 mg for acute zoster pain and allodynia that followed a nearly identical protocol, pregabalin had a similar effect on pain and was well tolerated, with no difference from placebo on sleepiness. Common side effects of light-headedness, unsteady gait, and slowed thinking were almost identical to that observed in the earlier study of gabapentin. Subject recruitment proved difficult in part due to the widespread off-label use of gabapentin and pregabalin for acute zoster pain in our region of the USA. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00352651.