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Abstracts and Programme: EUROANAESTHESIA 2011: The European Anaesthesiology Congress: Intensive Care Medicine

Comparison between analgesic effect of gabapentin and pregabalin in controlling delayed onset Post Dural Puncture Headache in non-pregnant patients


Moghaddam, M. J.; Mirkheshti, A.; Yahyavi, P.

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European Journal of Anaesthesiology: June 2011 - Volume 28 - Issue - p 203-204
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Background and Goal of Study: Post dural puncture headache is a complication of puncture of the dura mater. (1) The headache was related to excessive loss of cerebrospinal fluid (2) An epidural blood patch remains the standard treatment for a PDPH, pain relief from an EBP is often immediate.(2) Gabapentin (Neurontin; Pfizer) reported to be effective in treatment of spinal headaches. It has complications such as somnolence, ataxia, dizziness and visual disturbances.(3) Pregabalin is an anticonvulsant drug used for neuropathic pain and as an adjunct therapy for partial seizures.The treatment of oral gabapentin and pregablin, caused a significant decrease in headache severity(4,5).

Materials and Methods: In this study, Sixty ASA I-II patients who developed PDPH after spinal anaesthesia were enrolled. both patients group were randomised to receive either gabapentin (Group 1) or pregabalin (Group 2). Group 1 (n=30) received 900mg/day,and Group 2 (n=30) received 150mg/ day g orally.

Results and Discussion: Both groups have the same demographic findings. NRS (numeric rating scale) system used to evaluate analgesic property of drugs. NRS were significantly lower in Group 2 than in Group 1. In first group NRS before treatment was 7.90 with SD=0.71 and 4.33 and SD=0.74 (p< 0.001) after receiving drug. In second group NRS before treatment was 8.1with SD=0.75 and 2.16 and SD=0.74 (p< 0.001) after therapy.

Conclusion(s): Administration of oral gabapentin and pregabalin in patients with PDPH is an effective and safe treatment to post spinal headache, but pregabalin is more effective than gabapentin.


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