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Gabapentin for HIV-associated Neuropathic Pain: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness

Published on: January 22, 2016
Project Number: RC0750-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of gabapentin for the treatment of HIV-associated neuropathic pain?

Key Message

There is limited evidence for the use of gabapentin for the treatment of HIV-associated neuropathy. One relevant RCT, included in a systematic review, and one non-randomized study were identified. The studies suggest that gabapentin may improve pain and related sleep disturbances caused by HIV-associated sensory neuropathy; however, due to the limitations of the evidence, the effectiveness of gabapentin for patients with HIV-associated neuropathy is inconclusive.

Tags

human immunodeficiency virus proteins, nervous system, neuralgia, neurotic disorders, hiv/aids