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Pregabalin No Better Than Placebo For Sciatic


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Pregabalin May Be No Better Than Placebo For Relieving The Leg Pain Associated With Sciatica, Study Suggests

Jia Naqvi writing in the Washington Post reported  that research suggests pregabalin, which is “frequently prescribed for pain, is no more effective than a placebo at controlling sciatica.” The researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Australia followed 209 sciatica patients in Sydney who were randomly assigned to receive either the drug pregabalin, more commonly known as Lyrica, or a placebo. The results showed no significant differences in leg pain intensity between the group on the placebo and that on Lyrica after eight weeks taking the drug or during the rest of the year on follow-up exams. Similarly, there were no differences for other outcomes such as back pain, quality of life and degree of disability.The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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