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Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for neuropathic pain

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 2015
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Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for neuropathic pain
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Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd010902.pub2
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R Andrew Moore, Ching-Chi Chi, Philip J Wiffen, Sheena Derry, Andrew SC Rice


Although often considered to be lacking adequate evidence, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used in the management of neuropathic pain. Previous surveys found 18% to 47% of affected people reported using NSAIDs specifically for their neuropathic pain, although possibly not in the United Kingdom (UK). To assess the analgesic efficacy of oral NSAIDs for chronic neuropathic pain in adults, when compared to placebo or another active intervention, and the adverse events associated with its use in clinical trials. We searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and EMBASE from inception to 29 May 2015, together with reference lists of retrieved papers and reviews, and an online trials registry. We included randomised, double-blind studies of two weeks duration or longer, comparing any oral NSAID with placebo or another active treatment in chronic neuropathic pain. Two review authors independently searched for studies, extracted efficacy and adverse event data, and examined issues of study quality. We did not carry out any pooled analysis. We included two studies involving 251 participants with chronic low back pain with a neuropathic component or postherpetic neuralgia; 209 of these participants were involved in a study of an experimental NSAID not used in clinical practice, and of the remaining 42, only 16 had neuropathic pain. This represented only third tier evidence, and was of very low quality. There was no indication of any significant pain reduction with NSAIDs. Adverse event rates were low, with insufficient events for any analysis. There is no evidence to support or refute the use of oral NSAIDs to treat neuropathic pain conditions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
Unknown 236 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 48 20%
Student > Bachelor 30 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 29 12%
Researcher 23 10%
Other 18 8%
Other 52 22%
Unknown 38 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 97 41%
Nursing and Health Professions 29 12%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 18 8%
Neuroscience 10 4%
Psychology 8 3%
Other 26 11%
Unknown 50 21%

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