Gabapentin in the prophylaxis of migraine: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled study

Girolamo Di Trapani, D. Mei, C. Marra, S. Mazza, A. Capuano

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Objective: Gabapentin is an antiepileptic drug of new generation that increases brain GABA levels. We report the results of a three-month randomised double-blind placebo- controlled study on the effects of gabapentin in the prophylaxis of patients with migraine meeting the IHS criteria. Patients and Methods. We treated 63 patients suffering from migraine with or without aura. Patients treated their attack at home using symptomatic drugs and clinical assessment was recorded on a diary. After a washout of 8 week from any other prophylactic treatment, all patients were treated with 1200 mg/day of gabapentin; this is our therapeutic plan: 400 mg/day from 1(st) to 3(rd) day, 800 mg/day from 4(th) to 6(th) day and 1200 mg/day from 7(th) day. Results: No patients withdrew, gabapentin was well tolerated; adverse events (somnolence, dizziness, tremor, fatigue and ataxia) generally were transient and mild to moderate in severity and in 13 patients (27 %) only occurred. At the end of treatment, in such case, we reported a significative reduction of frequency and intensity of migraine in 30 patients treated with gabapentin. Discussion: Our observations indicate that gabapentin is well tolerated by patients and that reduces headache frequency and use of symptomatic drugs in both groups. Gabapentin shows to have an effective therapeutic action in the prophylactic treatment of migraine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalClinica Terapeutica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2000


  • Gabapentin
  • Migraine
  • Prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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