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Papers: 8 Jun 2024 - 14 Jun 2024






Efficacy of pregabalin, amitriptyline, and gabapentin for neuropathic pain.


Trivedi PD, Posani S, Balla N, Sheezan MM, Hussain AS, Xavier R, Popatbhai KM, Mateen MA, Prajjwal P, Marsool Marsool MD


Neuropathic pain largely influences the well-being of patients. Anticonvulsant and antidepressant medications, such as Pregabalin, Gabapentin, and Amitriptyline, are routinely prescribed as initial treatments for neuropathic pain. The study sample has a total of 270 patients who meet the inclusion criteria and are further distributed into three equally sized groups (A, B, and C). Group A was administered with Gabapentine 300mg, Group B with Pregabalin 75 mg, and Amitriptyline 10 mg to Group C. The occurrence of any adverse drug response was documented using the ADR reporting form, while the pain of the patient’s post-medication was recorded using a numerical pain rating scale (NPRS). The comparison of the NPRS scores of all three groups “by using ANOVA test” both at baseline and after 15 days reveal that the differences between the three groups are statistically insignificant (p > 0.089). However, after one month of continuous use, the difference becomes slightly significant (I.e., p = 0.003). Gabapentin, pregabalin, and amitriptyline demonstrate similar effectiveness in alleviating neuropathic (NeP) pain. The study concludes that gabapentin is superior to both pregabalin and amitriptyline with fewer adverse effects, leading to improved patient adherence for long-term use.