Topical acetylsalicylic acid versus lidocaine for postherpetic neuralgia: Results of a double-blind comparative clinical trial

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Abstract

A double-blind comparative clinical trial was performed with topical aspirin versus lidocaine for the treatment of 40 patients with postherpetic neuralgia. The percentage improvement following topical aspirin application was 72.2 ± 19.9 S.D., while with lidocaine it was 72.8 ± 25.3 S.D. These results suggest that the effect of topical treatment with aspirin is as good as that with lidocaine, since there was no significant difference (P=0.778) between the two drugs in respect of pain reduction and accordingly the topical application of acetylsalicylic acid can be equally recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalNEUROBIOLOGY
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1999

Keywords

  • Acetylsalicylic acid
  • Lidocaine
  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Topical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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