Short-term outcomes of mirogabalin in patients with peripheral neuropathic pain: A retrospective study

Tomoko Tetsunaga, Tomonori Tetsunaga, Keiichiro Nishida, Haruo Misawa, Tomoyuki Takigawa, Kentarou Yamane, Hironori Tsuji, Yoshitaka Takei, Toshifumi Ozaki

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Background: Mirogabalin, which is approved for the treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain in Japan, is a ligand for the α2δsubunit of voltage-gated calcium channels. Both pregabalin and mirogabalin act as nonselective ligands at the α2δ-1 and α2δ-2 subunits. Mirogabalin has a unique binding profile and long duration of action. Pregabalin has been reported to produce intolerable adverse effects in some patients. This study investigated outcomes associated with mirogabalin administration in patients with peripheral neuropathic pain who ceased treatment with pregabalin. Methods: We retrospectively assessed peripheral neuropathic pain using the neuropathic pain screening questionnaire (NeP score) in 187 patients (58 men, 129 women) who were treated with mirogabalin. All patients had switched from pregabalin to mirogabalin due to lack of efficacy or adverse events. Differences in the treatment course (i.e., numeric rating scale (NRS) scores) were compared using one-way analysis of variance with Bonferroni post hoc tests. Results: The mean age of the patients was 72.3 years (range, 30-94 years), and the mean duration of disease was 37 months (range, 3-252 months). After treatment with mirogabalin for 1 week, NRS scores significantly decreased compared with baseline and continued to decrease over time. After 8 weeks, NRS scores improved by ≥ 30% from baseline in 113 patients (69.3%). Twenty-four patients (12.8%) stopped mirogabalin treatment due to adverse events. Somnolence (26.7%), dizziness (12.3%), edema (5.9%), and weight gain (0.5%) were noted as adverse events of mirogabalin. Conclusions: The results of this investigation indicate that mirogabalin is safe and effective for reducing peripheral neuropathic pain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number191
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 26 2020


  • Adverse event
  • Mirogabalin
  • Peripheral neuropathic pain
  • Pregabalin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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