Psychotropic Drugs for the Management of Chronic Pain and Itch
AbstractClinical observations have shown that patients with chronic neuropathic pain or itch exhibit symptoms of increased anxiety, depression and cognitive impairment. Such patients need corrective therapy with antidepressants, antipsychotics or anticonvulsants. It is known that some psychotropic drugs are also effective for the treatment of neuropathic pain and pruritus syndromes due to interaction with the secondary molecular targets. Our own clinical studies have identified antipruritic and/or analgesic efficacy of the following compounds: tianeptine (atypical tricyclic antidepressant), citalopram (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor), mianserin (tetracyclic antidepressant), carbamazepine (anticonvulsant), trazodone (serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor), and chlorprothixene (antipsychotic). Venlafaxine (serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) is known to have an analgesic effect too. The mechanism of such effect of these drugs is not fully understood. Herein we review and correlate the literature data on analgesic/antipruritic activity with pharmacological profile of these compounds. View Full-Text
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Belinskaia, D.A.; Belinskaia, M.A.; Barygin, O.I.; Vanchakova, N.P.; Shestakova, N.N. Psychotropic Drugs for the Management of Chronic Pain and Itch. Pharmaceuticals 2019, 12, 99.
Belinskaia DA, Belinskaia MA, Barygin OI, Vanchakova NP, Shestakova NN. Psychotropic Drugs for the Management of Chronic Pain and Itch. Pharmaceuticals. 2019; 12(2):99.Chicago/Turabian Style
Belinskaia, Daria A.; Belinskaia, Mariia A.; Barygin, Oleg I.; Vanchakova, Nina P.; Shestakova, Natalia N. 2019. "Psychotropic Drugs for the Management of Chronic Pain and Itch." Pharmaceuticals 12, no. 2: 99.
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