Efficacy and tolerability of pregabalin as preventive treatment for migraine: A 3-month follow-up study

Raffaella Pizzolato, Veronica Villani, Luca Prosperini, Alessandro Ciuffoli, Giuliano Sette

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Abstract

Migraine is a common neurological disorder and epidemiological studies have documented its high social and economic impact. Unfortunately, preventive treatment is often insufficient to substantially reduce migraine frequency or it is not well tolerated. Antiepileptic drugs are increasingly used in migraine prevention. However, data on efficacy and tolerability of pregabalin in patients with migraine are still lacking. Our aim was to evaluate efficacy and tolerability of pregabalin in patients with migraine. We recruited 47 patients who started pregabalin at 75 mg/day, which was titrated to 300 mg/day as tolerated. A total of six patients (13%) reported one or more side effects during the intake of pregabalin; however, three of them discontinued pregabalin, because side effects were intolerable and persistent. Statistically significant reduction in migraine frequency compared to baseline (p <0.001) was evident after 1 and 3 months of treatment. A greater frequency reduction was observed in those patients who increased the dosage within the first month of therapy. Our data suggest that pregabalin may be well tolerated and may represent an alternative preventive treatment in migraneurs. Limitations of the present study were a small sample size and an uncontrolled, open-label design; further randomized case-control studies are warranted to confirm our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-525
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Disability
  • Migraine
  • Pregabalin
  • Prophylaxis therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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