Randomized clinical trial: the effects of pregabalin for centrally mediated abdominal pain syndrome

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Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2023 Mar 3;16:17562848231152334. doi: 10.1177/17562848231152334. eCollection 2023.


BACKGROUND: Pregabalin is worldwidely licensed for the treatment of a variety of pain syndromes and supposed to be a potential candidate for the centrally mediated abdominal pain syndrome (CAPS).

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy of pregabalin on nociceptive and emotional symptoms in CAPS patients.

DESIGN: This is an open-label randomized controlled trial.

METHODS: CAPS patients were randomized to receive pregabalin 75 mg (P group), pinaverium bromide 50 mg (PB group), or pregabalin combined pinaverium bromide regimen (P + PB group) three times daily for 4 weeks. Questionnaires were completed biweekly. The primary outcomes were defined as the average abdominal pain scores of severity and frequency at weeks 2 and 4. Secondary outcomes included the reduction in abdominal pain scores, Somatic Self-rating Scale (SSS), Patient Health Questionnaire-15 (PHQ-15), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Scale 7 (GAD-7) scales obtained at the end of trial to the baseline.

RESULTS: Totally, 102 eligible patients were recruited and randomized. The mean severity scores of abdominal pain were 1.39 ± 1.28, 0.97 ± 1.43 versus 2.91 ± 1.44 (p < 0.0001) in P or PB + P group versus PB group at week 2 and were 0.90 ± 1.21, 1.28 ± 1.87 versus 2.74 ± 1.75 (p < 0.0001) at week 4. The mean frequency scores were 2.55 ± 2.55, 2.03 ± 2.80 versus 5.12 ± 2.09(p < 0.0001) in P or PB + P group versus PB group at week 2 and were 1.72 ± 2.46, 2.00 ± 2.90 versus 4.55 ± 2.55 (p < 0.0001) at week 4. When comparing the changes in SSS, PHQ-15, and GAD-7 scores, patients accepting pregabalin or pregabalin combination regimen reported a more decrease than pinaverium bromide recipients (p = 0.0002, p = 0.0002, and p = 0.0033).

CONCLUSION: This trial suggests that pregabalin may be beneficial for CAPS abdominal pain and concomitant somatic or anxiety symptoms.

REGISTRATION: www.chictr.org.cn (ChiCTR1900028026).

PMID:36895281 | PMC:PMC9989377 | DOI:10.1177/17562848231152334

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