Treatment of phantom limb pain syndrome by tisanidin

Ya M. Vorobeichik, M. L. Kukushkin, V. K. Reshetnyak, A. M. Ovechkin, A. V. Gnezdilov

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The authors carried out estimation of analgetic effect of tisanidin by double blind test in patients with phantom limb pain syndrome. 14 patients took the medicine in a dose of 12 mg/day and 5 patients took placebo at the same dose. Characteristics and intensity of pain were estimated in accordance with McGill pain questionnaire and visual analogue scale. Pain possessed more than one sensory characteristics in the majority of patients. Tisanidin had a significant analgetic influence on all type of phantom limb pain: "neuralgic" - acute, shooting, transitory, "causalgic" -hot, burning, searing, "cramping" pain. Pain sensation did not decrease only in one of 14 patients treated with tisanidin. The authors explain the effectivity of the drug for treatment of phantom limb pain of different sensory modality by variety of the mechanisms of its therapeutic action, the capacity to decrease the releasing of exitatory neurotransmitter amino acids and the influence on α2-adrenoceptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-39
Number of pages4
JournalZhurnal Nevropatolgii i Psikhiatrii im. S S Korsakova
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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