Cannabinoids for the treatment of refractory neuropathic pruritus in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A case report

Journals | SAGE Publications Inc“Background: Neuropathic symptoms have a wide variety of manifestations, ranging from pain to pruritus. Neuropathic pruritus is a type of chronic pruritus related to damaged small fibers. Cannabinoids have evidence to manage neuropathic symptoms. We present a case of refractory neuropathic pruritus that was successfully managed with the use of oral cannabinoids.

Case presentation: A 60-year-old male with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with ongoing pruritus despite the use of standard neuropathic therapies.

Formulation of a plan: A balanced oral cannabinoid from a licensed producer was preferred as it has evidence for neuropathic symptoms and is generally well tolerated.

Outcome: The patient showed improvement to his pruritus score from 7/10 to 3/10. There was initial increased sedation but tolerance developed quickly.

Lessons learned from case: Cannabinoids are possibly safe and effective in management of neuropathic pruritus.”

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34510973/

“Neuropathic pruritus is a chronic form of pruritus that causes significant symptom burden and can be difficult to treat. Cannabinoids have evidence to manage chronic neuropathic pain. This case demonstrates the safe and effective use of cannabinoids to manage neuropathic pruritus.”

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/02692163211045314

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