Is myofascial pain of the temporal muscles relieved by oral sumatriptan? A cross-over pilot study

Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Pain (Impact Factor: 5.21). 09/1995; 62(2):241-4. DOI: 10.1016/0304-3959(95)00025-N
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There is evidence that serotonin may be implicated in the pathophysiology of myofascial pain (MFP). Because of this, we used oral sumatriptan (Imitrex, Glaxo), a peripherally acting agonist of 5-HT1D receptors, in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled double crossover pilot study of 7 patients with episodic MFP of the temporalis muscles. The results showed that there was a significant reduction in pain intensity and increase in pain relief over time with both the active medication and the placebo, but no significant difference between treatments. All but 1 patient reported that they are not interested in retaking the same medication. These data suggest that oral sumatriptan may not be the drug of choice in the control of episodic MFP.

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    • "Data suggest that serotonin plays a role in the pathophysiology of myofascial pain [39]. A RCT examined its efficacy in reducing pain in patients with temporal muscle pain [40] and yielded a statistically significant reduction in pain intensity and increased pain relief (P < 1 × 10−10) [40]. However, when compared to the placebo there was no significant difference (P < 0.57) [40]. "
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    • "However, it should be noted that mechanisms operating at room temperature might be not the same as those prevailing at physiological temperature. Triptans, such as sumatriptan, naratriptan and zolmitriptan , have a selective analgesic action on some types of cranial pain, including migraine and cluster headache (Ekbom et al., 1995; Ahn and Basbaum, 2005), but not facial or somatic pain (Dao et al., 1995; Antonaci et al., 1998). In peripheral tissues, the anti-migraine action of triptans is mainly mediated by both 5-HT1B and 5-HT1D receptors. "
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    • "Estudo do impacto da enxaqueca na severidade da dor miofascial da musculatura mastigatória Dao et al. 6 , em 1995, analisando uma amostra composta por pacientes com enxaqueca, relataram melhora dos sintomas de dor muscular após administração de dihidroergotamina-45 ou um triptano, ambas as medicações para tratamento abortivo de enxaquecas. Entretanto, em populações com dor orofacial, especialmente com DMF, há relatos do contrário 7 . "
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