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Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of Telcagepant in the treatment of acute migraine: a meta-analysis

Review published: 2013.

Bibliographic details: Cui XP, Ye JX, Lin H, Mu JS, Lin M.  Efficacy, safety, and tolerability of Telcagepant in the treatment of acute migraine: a meta-analysis. Pain Practice 2013: epub. [PubMed: 24382126]

Abstract

Although triptans are widely used for treating acute migraine, they are contraindicated or not effective in a large proportion of patients. Hence, alternative treatments are needed. Calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists, such as telcagepant, have been under investigation as a treatment for acute migraine. A meta-analysis of the efficacy of telcagepant vs. placebo and triptans (zolmitriptan or rizatriptan) was performed. Randomized controlled trials were indentified from databases using the following search terms: migraine; calcitonin gene-related peptide; calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists; efficacy; safety, and telcagepant. The primary outcome measure was pain freedom 2 hours after first treatment. The secondary outcome measure was pain relief 2 hours after first treatment. Eight trials were included in the meta-analysis (telcagepant = 4011 participants). The difference in pain freedom at 2 hours significantly favored telcagepant over placebo (odds ratio = 2.70, 95% confidence interval = 2.27-3.21, P < 0.001) and triptans over telcagepant (odds ratio = 0.68, 95% confidence interval = 0.56-0.83, P < 0.001). The difference in pain relief at 2 hours significantly favored telcagepant over placebo (odds ratio = 2.48, 95% confidence interval = 2.18-2.81, P < 0.001). The difference in pain relief at 2 hours did not significantly favor telcagepant over triptans or vice versa (odds ratio = 0.76, 95% confidence interval = 0.57-1.01, P = 0.061). These findings indicate that telcagepant can be effective for treating acute migraine. Calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists represent a potentially important alternative means of treating acute migraine.

© 2013 World Institute of Pain.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

PMID: 24382126

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