To evaluate efficacy and safety of CB1 agonist (nabilone) in reducing pain and frequency of headache, the number of analgesic intake and in increasing the quality of life of patients with long-standing intractable MOH. Nabilone, a cannabinoid 1-receptor agonist would appear beneficial for patients suffering from MOH, primarily in reducing the intensity of pain and analgesic intake. Side effects were infrequent, of mild intensity and disappeared after discontinuation of the treatment. This is the first randomised, controlled, trial in which nabilone appeared to be safe, although larger-scale studies are required to confirm and identify the optimum treatment for these patients with intractable headache.
A CB1 agonist in the treatment of medication-overuse headache: a possible therapeutic strategy / S., Guerzoni; M., Ciccarese; M., Zappaterra; Pini, Luigi Alberto. - In: THE JOURNAL OF HEADACHE AND PAIN. - ISSN 1129-2369. - STAMPA. - 13:(2012), pp. S19-S19. ((Intervento presentato al convegno XXVI National Congress of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches. Pharmacological therapies and beyond tenutosi a Modena nel 26-28 October 2012.