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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74-76

Effectiveness of posthemodialysis administration of pregabalin (75 mg) in treatment resistance uremia pruritus


1 Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, Monash University, Selangor, Malaysia
2 Ajaber Kidney Centre, Eastern Province Alahsa, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Pharmaceutical Practice, College of Pharmacy, Princess Noura University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Tahir Mehmood Khan
Department of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, Monash University, Selangor
Malaysia
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.171736

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Uremic pruritus (UP) is one of the complications faced by majority of the patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Due to complex pathophysiology of UP, most of the anti-inflammatory and tropical lubricants often not provide a long lasting control over pruritus. Recently the uses of certain anti-epileptics are found to demonstrate promising relief to UP. To test the effect of 75 mg pregabalin in patients with treatment resistance pruritus. Data was prospectively collected from a patient with ESRD and suffering from treatment resistance pruritus. Intensity of pruritus was recorded using 5D-itching scale (5D-IS) and visual analogue scale (VAS). Pre and post assessment was done for this patient, on initial assess the parathyroid hormone level of the patient was 70.5 pg/ml with a serum phosphate level of 2.61 mmol/L. Upon initial assess the VAS score was 8 and 5D-IS score was twenty. After the duration of four weeks of pregabalin 75 mg post hemodialysis, 5D-IS score reduced to 8 and VAS score move down to 3. Pregabalin 75 mg post hemodialysis was found to reduce the intensity of UP. Pregabalin 75 mg post hemodialysis can be another option to treat UP.


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