Comparison of efficacy of duloxetine with amitriptyline in terms of reduction in frequency of pain in the patients of diabetic neuropathy.
Objectives: To compare the efficacy of Duloxetine with Amitriptyline in Terms of Reduction in Frequency of Pain in The Management of Patients of Diabetic Neuropathy. Study Design: Randomized Control Trial. Setting: Medical OPD of ABWA Medical College Hospital Faisalabad. Period: Six Months from 01-01-2019 to 30-06-2019. Material & Methods: A total of 200 cases (100 in each group) between the age 20-65 years of any gender, ≥ 5 years history of diabetes, symptoms of peripheral neuropathy for at least six months, having HbA1c >7.5% were included. Two groups were formed Group A was given 60mg Duloxetine each day and Group B was given 75mg amitriptyline in a single dose. After 3 weeks, an additional three weeks supply of medication was dispensed and patient were scheduled to return at week 6 for the final evaluation that recorded by me in terms of reduction in pain score and also assessed for 50% reduction in pain score from base line that was labeled as reduced. Results: 62%(n=62) in Group-A and 35%(n=35) in Group-B were treated effectively, which shows a significant difference between the two groups. Conclusion: The duloxetine was more effective than amitriptyline in terms of reduction of pain in diabetic neuropathy.