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2022 Jan 06

BMJ Open



Study protocol for a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled phase III trial examining the add-on efficacy, cost-utility and neurobiological effects of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) in patients with fibromyalgia (INNOVA study).


Colomer-Carbonell A, Sanabria-Mazo JP, Hernández-Negrín H, Borràs X, Suso-Ribera C, García-Palacios A, Muchart J, Munuera J, D'Amico F, Maes M, Younger JW, Feliu-Soler A, Rozadilla-Sacanell A, Luciano JV
BMJ Open. 2022 Jan 06; 12(1):e055351.
PMID: 34992118.


There is evidence that low-dose naltrexone (LDN; <5.0 mg/day) reduces pain and improves the quality of life of people with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). However, no randomised controlled trials with long-term follow-ups have been carried out. The INNOVA study will evaluate the add-on efficacy, safety, cost-utility and neurobiological effects of LDN for reducing pain in patients with FMS, with a 1-year follow-up.