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Efficacy of Pregabalin in the Management of Chronic Uremic Pruritus

Information source: Shaare Zedek Medical Center
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Condition(s) targeted: Uremic Pruritus

Intervention: Pregabalin (Drug); Placebo (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Not yet recruiting

Sponsored by: Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Overall contact:
LINDA SHAVIT, MD, Phone: 97226555086, Email: lshavit@szmc.org.il


Uraemic pruritus (UP) remains a frequent and distressing problem in patients with advanced or end-stage renal disease. Its intensity ranges from sporadic discomfort to complete restlessness during both the day- and night-time and its distribution varies significantly over time. Many attempts have been made to relieve this bothersome symptom in affected patients, however with generally limited success. Incidence of UP varies widely between studies and seems to decline over the last 30 years (from 85% in the 1970s and 50-60% in the 1980s to a 22% in the 2000s) (Gunal AI). We use Pregabalin for the relief of diabetic neuropathic pain in patients on haemodialysis in our centre. In addition to neuropathic pain, several of our patients have complained of pruritus and after Pregabalin treatment, their pruritus has promptly and completely resolved. Accordingly, we intend to conduct a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial to assess the effectiveness of Pregabalin in chronic UP.

Clinical Details

Official title: Efficacy of Pregabalin in the Management of Chronic Uremic Pruritus

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Reduction of UP by more than 50% after Pregabalin administration

Secondary outcome: Reduction of chronic pain of various origin and improvement in insomnia after Pregabalin administration


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria: 1. History of pruritus of >8 weeks duration. 2. Severity of pruritus of 7 or more defined by visual analogue scale. 3. No improvement by oral antihistamines or skin moisturizers. 4. Discontinuation of any medication with presumed antipruritic effects at least 1 week before the study. 5. Negative pregnancy test result for all participating women of childbearing age; Exclusion Criteria: 1. Known allergy to Pregabalin 2. Any acute illness; 3. Liver cirrhosis 4. Active dermatological disorder other than UP 5. Decompensated heart failure; 6. Inability to give informed consent; 7. Poor compliance.

Locations and Contacts

LINDA SHAVIT, MD, Phone: 97226555086, Email: lshavit@szmc.org.il

Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem 91031, Israel; Not yet recruiting
LINDA SHAVIT, MD, Phone: 97226555086, Email: lshavit@szmc.org.il
linda shavit, MD, Principal Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: April 2010
Last updated: February 22, 2010

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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