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Svetla Slavova, Alison Miller, Terry L Bunn, Jessica R White, David Kirschke, Tom Light, Daniel Christy, Gary Thompson, Ruth Winecker
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to establish and compare baseline data on the prevalence of gabapentin identified through postmortem toxicology testing among drug overdose decedents in several geographically diverse states/jurisdictions with differing levels of drug overdose fatality burdens in 2015. METHODS: Death certificates and postmortem toxicology result reports from five U.S. jurisdictions were used to identify residents who died from drug overdoses in year 2015 and to calculate prevalence rates of gabapentin in postmortem toxicology by jurisdiction...
March 10, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Nina Henning, Uwe Kunkel, Arne Wick, Thomas A Ternes
Laboratory-scale incubation experiments in water/sediment systems were conducted to test the transformation behavior of the anticonvulsant gabapentin (GBP) under different environmental conditions (aerobic, anaerobic, with abiotic controls). GBP was transformed by biological processes as it was eliminated quickly under aerobic conditions (dissipation time 50% of initial concentration (DT50 ): 2-7 days) whereas no decrease was observed under anaerobic conditions. Measurements via high resolution mass spectrometry (LC-Orbitrap-MS) revealed eight biological transformation products (TPs)...
February 3, 2018: Water Research
Jhohann Richard de Lima Benzi, Priscila Akemi Yamamoto, Jessica Hanna Stevens, Amanda Martins Baviera, Natália Valadares de Moraes
PURPOSE: We investigated the influence of diabetes mellitus (DM), glycemic control with insulin, cimetidine (Oct2 inhibitor) and metformin (Oct2 substrate) on the kinetic disposition of GAB in rats. MAIN METHODS: Male Wistar rats were divided in five groups and all animals received an oral dose of 50 mg/kg GAB: (vehicle + GAB), cimetidine + GAB (single dose of cimetidine [100 mg/kg] intraperitoneally 1 h before GAB), metformin + GAB (single dose of metformin 100 mg/kg by gavage concomitantly with GAB), DM + GAB (single dose of 40 mg/kg streptozotocin (STZ) intravenously) and DM + GAB + insulin (single dose 40 mg/kg STZ intravenously and 2 IU insulin twice daily for 15 days)...
March 15, 2018: Life Sciences
Aldo Berti, Michelle Granville, Robert E Jacobson
A case of an extremely healthy, active, 96-year-old patient, nonsmoker, is reviewed. He was initially treated for left V1, V2, and V3 trigeminal neuralgia in 2001, at age 80, with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) with a dose of 80 Gy to the left retrogasserian trigeminal nerve. He remained asymptomatic for nine years until his trigeminal pain recurred in 2010. He was first treated medically but was intolerant to increasing doses of carbamazepine and gabapentin. He underwent a second SRS in 2012 with a dose of 65...
January 12, 2018: Curēus
Jamie L Fleet, Stephanie N Dixon, Paul John Kuwornu, Varun K Dev, Manuel Montero-Odasso, Jorge Burneo, Amit X Garg
Gabapentin is an effective treatment for chronic neuropathic pain but may cause dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion in some older adults. The goal of this study was to assess the association between gabapentin dosing and adverse outcomes by obtaining estimates of the 30-day risk of hospitalization with altered mental status and mortality in older adults (mean age 76 years) in Ontario, Canada initiated on high dose (>600 mg/day; n = 34,159) compared to low dose (≤600 mg/day; n = 76,025) oral gabapentin in routine outpatient care...
2018: PloS One
E E Morrison, E A Sandilands, D J Webb
Gabapentin and pregabalin prescribing in Scotland has increased substantially over recent years. Evidence suggests that prescribers may be advocating the use of these medicines off-label to avoid prescribing opioid analgesics. The evidence to support gabapentin and pregabalin use in non-neuropathic pain disorders indicates they are less effective than several other licensed non-opioid analgesics. Notably, patients may not benefit from gabapentin and pregabalin but remain at risk of adverse drug reactions. Furthermore, greater availability has resulted in increased diversion of gabapentin and pregabalin; creating problems within the opioid misuse population and prison service...
December 2017: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Mohammed Basith, Andrew Francis, Alfredo Bellon
Gabapentin has become increasingly used in psychiatric practice specifically for anxiety disorders. Even though gabapentin is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat anxiety, physicians sometimes use it as an alternative to benzodiazepines in patients with a history of substance abuse. Gabapentin is also prescribed when individuals are at risk of thrombocytopenia which is not considered a side effect. Among patients at risk of thrombocytopenia are those positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)...
2018: Case Reports in Psychiatry
Kelly Barbosa Gama, Dourivaldo Silva Santos, Afrânio Ferreira Evangelista, Daniela Nascimento Silva, Adriano Costa de Alcântara, Ricardo Ribeiro Dos Santos, Milena Botelho Pereira Soares, Cristiane Flora Villarreal
Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain caused by injury or dysfunction of the nervous system, without effective therapeutic approaches. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), through their paracrine action, have great potential in the treatment of this syndrome. In the present study, the therapeutic potential of MSC-derived conditioned medium (CM) was investigated in a mouse model of neuropathic pain induced by partial sciatic nerve ligation (PSL). PSL mice were treated by endovenous route with bone marrow-derived MSCs (1 × 106 ), CM, or vehicle...
2018: Stem Cells International
Seokjo Kang, Jayoung Byun, Sung Min Son, Inhee Mook-Jung
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is often characterized by the impairment of mitochondrial function caused by excessive mitochondrial fragmentation. Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1), which is primarily secreted from astrocytes in the central nervous system (CNS), has been suggested to play a role in synaptogenesis, spine morphology, and synaptic density of neurons. In this study, we investigate the protective role of TSP-1 in the recovery of mitochondrial morphology and function in amyloid β (Aβ)-treated mouse hippocampal neuroblastoma cells (HT22)...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Julia Tschirka, Madlen Kreisor, Janina Betz, Dirk Grundemann
The candidate vitamin ergothioneine (ET) is a unique antioxidant. Expression of the ergothioneine transporter (ETT) (gene symbol SLC22A4) in distinct cells is thought to signal intracellular ET activity, since we have previously shown that the ETT is highly selective for ET. Unfortunately, some continue to hold the ETT as a relevant drug transporter, using the misleading functional name OCTN1, novel organic cation transporter. The present study was provoked by 2 recent reports in which new ETT substrates were declared...
March 12, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Juhyeun Kim, Abraham G Hartzema
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to assess adherence and persistence of ropinirole, pramipexole, and gabapentin; to investigate factors associated with non-adherence and non-persistence in restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients. METHODS: We used the 2008-2014 Marketscan® Research Databases to conduct a retrospective data analysis. The study included newly diagnosed RLS patients who initiated ropinirole, pramipexole, or gabapentin therapy. During 365 days of follow-up, mean medication possession ratios (MPRs) for adherence and the proportion of adherent users were calculated...
April 2018: Sleep Medicine
Jenny L Wilkerson, Zachary A Curry, Pamela D Kinlow, Brittany L Mason, Ku-Lung Hsu, Mario van der Stelt, Benjamin F Cravatt, Aron H Lichtman
A great need exists for the identification of new effective analgesics to treat sustained pain. However, most preclinical nociceptive assays measure behavioral responses evoked by noxious stimuli (i.e., pain-stimulated behavior), which presents a challenge to distinguish between motor impairing and antinociceptive effects of drugs. Here, we demonstrate that chronic constriction injury of the sciatic nerve (CCI) elicits common pain-stimulated responses (i.e., mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia) as well as reduces marble burying/digging behaviors that occur during the early stages of the neuropathy and resolve within one week...
March 8, 2018: Pain
Khaled G Abdel-Wahhab, Eitedal M Daoud, Aliaa El Gendy, Hagar H Mourad, Fathia A Mannaa, Maha M Saber
Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is the highly occurred complication of diabetes mellitus; it has been defined as an event of peripheral nerve dysfunction characterized by pain, allodynia, hyperalgesia, and paraesthesia. The current study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in the management of neuropathy in diabetic rats. The used animals were divided into the following groups: negative control, streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats, and diabetic rats with peripheral neuropathy (DNP) and DNP treated with gabapentin or with LLLT...
March 12, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
J-M Wattier
A major symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain with a wide range of intensity, rhythm, type, and expression, without clearly established relationship between pain and the disease. Endometriosis-associated pain has physical, psychological/behavioral and social consequences with a significant impact on patient quality-of-life in relation with the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain. Pain assessment in all of its dimensions, as well as assessing the consequences of pain is therefore a crucial part of therapeutic management...
March 3, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Clinton G Lauritsen, Abigail L Chua, Stephanie J Nahas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Menopause is a life-changing event in numerous ways. Many women with migraine hold hope that the transition to the climacteric state will coincide with a cessation or improvement of migraine. This assumption is based mainly on common lay perceptions as well as assertions from many in the healthcare community. Unfortunately, evidence suggests this is far from the rule. Many women turn to a general practitioner or a headache specialist for prognosis and management. A natural instinct is to manipulate the offending agent, but in some cases, this approach backfires, or the concern for adverse events outweighs the desire for a therapeutic trial, and other strategies must be pursued...
March 6, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
Chadi Y Saad, Joshua Fogel, Sofia Rubinstein
OBJECTIVES: Errors in drug dosing lead to poor patient outcomes and are common in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Because the majority of patients with CKD are being treated by physicians specializing in internal medicine, we studied the awareness and knowledge that internal medicine resident trainees (IMRTs) have regarding the correct dosage of commonly used analgesic and neuropsychotropic medications for patients with CKD. METHODS: We surveyed 353 IMRTs about their awareness of whether a medication needs dose adjustment in patients with CKD and knowledge for medication adjustment by level of glomerular filtration rate...
March 2018: Southern Medical Journal
Fiona J Rowe, Kerry Hanna, Jennifer R Evans, Carmel P Noonan, Marta Garcia-Finana, Caroline S Dodridge, Claire Howard, Kathryn A Jarvis, Sonia L MacDiarmid, Tallat Maan, Lorraine North, Helen Rodgers
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury can cause eye movement disorders which may include: strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus, causing visual symptoms of double, blurred or 'juddery' vision and reading difficulties. A wide range of interventions exist that have potential to alleviate or ameliorate these symptoms. There is a need to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions and the timing of their implementation. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the effectiveness of any intervention and determine the effect of timing of intervention in the treatment of strabismus, gaze deficits and nystagmus due to acquired brain injury...
March 5, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
David B Miklos, Rebecca Hartl, Philipp Michel, Karl G Linden, Jörg E Drewes, Uwe Hübner
This study investigated the removal of 15 trace organic chemicals (TOrCs) occurring at ambient concentrations from municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent by advanced oxidation using UV/H2 O2 at pilot-scale. Pseudo first-order rate constants (kobs ) for photolytic as well as combined oxidative and photolytic degradation observed at pilot-scale were validated with results from a bench-scale collimated beam device. No significant difference was determined between pilot- and lab-scale performance. During continuous pilot-scale operation at constant UV fluence of 800 mJ/cm2 and H2 O2 dosage of 10 mg/L, the removal of various TOrCs was investigated...
February 21, 2018: Water Research
Sascha R A Alles, Peter A Smith
Injury to or disease of the nervous system can invoke chronic and sometimes intractable neuropathic pain. Many parallel, interdependent, and time-dependent processes, including neuroimmune interactions at the peripheral, supraspinal, and spinal levels, contribute to the etiology of this "disease of pain." Recent work emphasizes the roles of colony-stimulating factor 1, ATP, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Excitatory processes are enhanced, and inhibitory processes are attenuated in the spinal dorsal horn and throughout the somatosensory system...
April 2018: Pharmacological Reviews
Stavros G Memtsoudis, Jashvant Poeran, Nicole Zubizarreta, Crispiana Cozowicz, Eva E Mörwald, Edward R Mariano, Madhu Mazumdar
BACKGROUND: Multimodal analgesia is increasingly considered routine practice in joint arthroplasties, but supportive large-scale data are scarce. The authors aimed to determine how the number and type of analgesic modes is associated with reduced opioid prescription, complications, and resource utilization. METHODS: Total hip/knee arthroplasties (N = 512,393 and N = 1,028,069, respectively) from the Premier Perspective database (2006 to 2016) were included. Analgesic modes considered were opioids, peripheral nerve blocks, acetaminophen, steroids, gabapentin/pregabalin, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, or ketamine...
March 2, 2018: Anesthesiology
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