Baclofen is now used in treatment of patients with severe spasticity secondary to neurological diseases through the direct infusion of the drug into the subarachnoid space with an implanted programmable pump. Among patients whose quality of life improved after the use of intrathecal systems, a very important role belongs to people with multiple sclerosis (MS): a disease that due to a great variety of symptoms and signs, seriously affects the activities of daily living. Among the clinical manifestations of MS are also found mental health problems including depression mood. The drugs most commonly offered, for treatment of depression in patients with MS, are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), reuptake inhibitors of serotonin and norepinephrine (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). Duloxetine presents a high affinity for transporters reuptake of serotonin and noradrenalin, and exerts its activity on both molecules. In addiction, Duloxetine has demonstrated very effective in treatment of depressive disorders of mood as demonstrated by scientific evidences about the utility of Duloxetine in the modulation of painful physical symptoms associated with depression and in treatment of pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the effects of antidepressant therapy with duloxetine, 60 mg/day in 7 patients with multiple sclerosis treated with intrathecal baclofen for spastic modulation of tone. The experience we gained, according to data from several multicenter trials confirmed the efficacy of Baclofen intrathecally administered, especially with regards to modulation of spasticity. Our study also showed, although the limitations of a small sample size still, a good clinical response to combined treatment Baclofen intrathecal/duloxetine 60 mg/day.

Associated with intrathecal baclofen treatment and duloxetine in patients with multiple sclerosis

FIORE, PIETRO;SANTAMATO, ANDREA;
2013

Abstract

Baclofen is now used in treatment of patients with severe spasticity secondary to neurological diseases through the direct infusion of the drug into the subarachnoid space with an implanted programmable pump. Among patients whose quality of life improved after the use of intrathecal systems, a very important role belongs to people with multiple sclerosis (MS): a disease that due to a great variety of symptoms and signs, seriously affects the activities of daily living. Among the clinical manifestations of MS are also found mental health problems including depression mood. The drugs most commonly offered, for treatment of depression in patients with MS, are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), reuptake inhibitors of serotonin and norepinephrine (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). Duloxetine presents a high affinity for transporters reuptake of serotonin and noradrenalin, and exerts its activity on both molecules. In addiction, Duloxetine has demonstrated very effective in treatment of depressive disorders of mood as demonstrated by scientific evidences about the utility of Duloxetine in the modulation of painful physical symptoms associated with depression and in treatment of pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the effects of antidepressant therapy with duloxetine, 60 mg/day in 7 patients with multiple sclerosis treated with intrathecal baclofen for spastic modulation of tone. The experience we gained, according to data from several multicenter trials confirmed the efficacy of Baclofen intrathecally administered, especially with regards to modulation of spasticity. Our study also showed, although the limitations of a small sample size still, a good clinical response to combined treatment Baclofen intrathecal/duloxetine 60 mg/day.
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