Comparative Study Observational Study
- Maria Beatrice Passavanti, Marco Fiore, Pasquale Sansone, Caterina Aurilio, Vincenzo Pota, Manlio Barbarisi, Daniela Fierro, and Maria Caterina Pace.
- Department of Women, Child and General and Specialized Surgery, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", 80138, Naples, Italy.
- BMC Anesthesiol. 2017 Dec 19; 17 (1): 171.
BackgroundThis pilot study was designed to compare the efficacy of ultramicronized palmitoylethanolamide (um-PEA) as add-on therapy to tapentadol (TP) with TP therapy only in patients suffering from chronic low back pain (LBP).MethodsThis pilot observational study consists in two arms: the prospective arm and the retrospective one. In the prospective arm patients consecutively selected received um-PEA as add-on therapy to TP for 6 months; in the retrospective arm patients were treated with TP only for 6 months. Pain intensity and neuropathic component were evaluated at baseline, during and after 6 months. The degree of disability and TP dosage assumption were evaluated at baseline and after 6 months.ResultsStatistical analysis performed with generalized linear mixed model on 55 patients (30 in the prospective group and 25 in the retrospective group) demonstrated that um-PEA as add-on treatment to TP in patients with chronic LBP, in comparison to TP alone, led to a significantly higher reduction in pain intensity, in the neuropathic component, the degree of disability and TP dosage assumption. No serious side effects were observed.ConclusionOverall, the present findings suggest that um-PEA may be an innovative therapeutic intervention as add-on therapy to TP for the management of chronic LBP with a neuropathic component, as well as to improve patient quality of life. Additionally, this combination treatment allowed a reduction in TP dose over time and did not show any serious side effects.
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