Flupirtine as a Potential Treatment for Fibromyalgia

LAWSON, Kim, SINGH, Attam, KANTSEDIKAS, Ilya, JENNER, Christopher Arthur and AUSTEN, Daniel Keith (2021). Flupirtine as a Potential Treatment for Fibromyalgia. Journal of Exploratory Research in Pharmacology.

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    Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder characterised by chronic pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance and cognitive dysfunction with limited benefit gained with current therapies. The mean global prevalence of 2.7% is estimated for this chronic condition. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapeutic approaches are often required as treatments of the challenges associated with fibromyalgia. Flupirtine, a non-opioid drug, exhibits effective analgesia in a range of acute and persistent pain conditions, and evidence as treatment of fibromyalgia is considered. Activation of Kv7 potassium channels and agonism at gamma-aminobutyric acid receptor A leading to indirect N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonism is responsible for the analgesic effects of flupirtine and appears to be involved in other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Patients with fibromyalgia reported improved control of their symptoms without significant adverse effects in an observational audit in clinical practice. This article presents evidence that flupirtine, or related drugs, is a therapeutic option for the treatment of fibromyalgia. The pharmacology of flupirtine and mechanisms of action involved provide a spectrum of effects that would not only control the chronic pain characteristic of fibromyalgia but many of the other symptoms. Thus, further investigation of the efficacy of flupirtine or related drugs exhibiting a similar pharmacology as a treatment of fibromyalgia would be of interest.

    Item Type: Article
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.14218/jerp.2020.00043
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2021 11:18
    Last Modified: 07 Apr 2021 11:18
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28465

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