Safety of pregabalin among hemodialysis patients suffering from uremic pruritus

Tahir Mehmood Khan, Abdul Aziz Alhafez, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, David Bin Chia Wu

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    Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the safety and probability of adverse events associated with the use of 75. mg pregabalin post hemodialysis (pHD) among patients with UP. Methods: A cross-sectional study done among the hemodialysis patients suffering from uremic pruritus (UP) Aljaber Kidney Center (AJKC), Al-Ahsa, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. Assessment for the safety profile of pregabalin was done using Naranjo s algorithm. A predictive model was developed using binary multiple logistic regression to explore association of patients demographics and risk factors with the occurrence of AEs. Throughout statistical significance level was considered significant at 0.05. Key findings: Assessment of safety of pregabalin revealed that somnolence and dizziness were the two frequent adverse events followed by constipation, weight gain and edema. However, it was noticed that female patients aged less than 50. years were found to be at a higher risk in comparison with men. Moreover, those patients having one comorbid complication (i.e. hypertension or diabetes mellitus alone) were at a higher risk of somnolence, weight gain and dry mouth. Conclusion: Naranjo s quantification for the possibility and probability of adverse events reflect that all the events were probable. Age, gender and comorbid medical conditions are some of the factors that might have clinical association with the occurrence of the AEs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)614 - 620
    Number of pages7
    JournalSaudi Pharmaceutical Journal
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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