Buprenorphine for neuropathic pain in adults

Wiffen, Philip J., Derry, Sheena, Moore, R. Andrew, Stannard, Cathy, Aldington, Dominic, Cole, Peter and Knaggs, Roger (2015) Buprenorphine for neuropathic pain in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (9). CD011603/1-CD011603/17. ISSN 1469-493X

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Opioid drugs, including buprenorphine, are commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, and are considered effective by some professionals. Most reviews have examined all opioids together. This review sought evidence specifically for buprenorphine, at any dose, and by any route of administration. Other opioids are considered in separate reviews.


To assess the analgesic efficacy of buprenorphine for chronic neuropathic pain in adults, and the adverse events associated with its use in clinical trials.


We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, and EMBASE from inception to 11 June 2015, together with reference lists of retrieved papers and reviews, and two online study registries.


We included randomised, double-blind studies of two weeks' duration or longer, comparing any oral dose or formulation of buprenorphine with placebo or another active treatment in chronic neuropathic pain.


Two review authors independently searched for studies, extracted efficacy and adverse event data, and examined issues of study quality. We did not carry out any pooled analyses.


Searches identified 10 published studies, and one study with results in ClinicalTrials.gov. None of these 11 studies satisfied our inclusion criteria, and so we included no studies in the review.


There was insufficient evidence to support or refute the suggestion that buprenorphine has any efficacy in any neuropathic pain condition.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/760286
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD011603.pub2
Depositing User: Knaggs, Roger
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 12:01
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 17:16
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49240

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