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2020 Nov 01




Predictors of the usefulness of mirogabalin for neuropathic pain: a single-institution retrospective study.


Kanbayashi Y, Amaya F, Ikoma K, Ueno H, Tabuchi Y, Ishikawa T, Takayama K, Taguchi T
Pharmazie. 2020 Nov 01; 75(11):602-605.
PMID: 33239138.


Mirogabalin is a novel, preferentially selective α2δ-1 ligand to treat neuropathic pain. However, this agent is not always effective for patients with neuropathic pain. We therefore attempted to identify factors that could predict the efficacy of mirogabalin. The study comprised 133 patients given mirogabalin for alleviation of neuropathic pain between April and November 2019 at our hospital. Variables were extracted from medical records for regression analysis of factors associated to alleviation of neuropathic pain. We evaluated the effect of mirogabalin at two weeks after administration. Groups were categorized according to degree of improvement: poor, effective, or very effective. Multivariate ordered logistic regression analysis was conducted to identify predictors for the usefulness of mirogabalin. Threshold measures were analysed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. Maintenance dose [odds ratio (OR) = 0.90; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.84-0.98; P = 0.01], concomitant use of opioids (OR = 0.26, 95% CI = 0.08-0.83; P = 0.023) and Neurotropin (NTP) (OR = 4.78, 95% CI =1.04-21.93; P = 0.044) were factors significantly correlated to the effect of mirogabalin. ROC curve analysis of the effective group indicated a threshold maintenance dose of≤ 20 mg/day (area under the curve [AUC] = 0.53). In conclusion, maintenance dose (≤ 20 mg), concomitant use of opioids and NTP were identified as predictors for the utility of mirogabalin.