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Papers: 5 Aug 2023 - 11 Aug 2023

Geriatric, Review

Human Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

Neuropathic Pain, Psychological/Comorbidities

2023 Aug 07

Curr Neuropharmacol


Neuropathic Pain in Aged People: An Unresolved Issue Open to Novel Drug Approaches, Focusing on Painful Diabetic Neuropathy.


Marchesi N, Fahmideh F, Pascale A, Allegri M, Govoni S


A majority of older patients suffer from neuropathic pain (NP) that significantly alters their daily activities and imposes a significant burden on health care. Multiple comorbidities and the risk ofpolypharmacy in the elderly make it challenging to determine the appropriate drug, dosage, andmaintenance of therapy. Age-dependent processes play a contributing role in neuropathy given that diabetic neuropathy (DN) is the most common form of neuropathy. This narrative review is mainly focused on the drug treatment approach for neuropathy-associated pain in aged people including both drugs and dietary supplements, considering the latter as add-on mechanism-based treatments to increase the effectiveness of usual treatments by implementing their activity or activating other analgesic pathways. On one hand, the limited clinical studies assessing the effectiveness and the adverse effects of existing pain management options in this age segment of the population (> 65), on the other hand, the expanding global demographics of the elderly contribute to building up an unresolved pain management problem that needs the attention of healthcare providers, researchers, and health authorities as well as the expansion of the current therapeutic options.