Marzia Lazzari

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OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), an endogenous fatty acid amide belonging to the N-acylethanolamines family, in reducing pain severity in patients with pain associated to different pathological conditions. METHODS This was an observational study conducted on 610 patients who were unable to effectively control(More)
INTRODUCTION Breakthrough pain (BTP) is traditionally defined as a transitory pain flare in opioid-treated patients with chronic background pain. This definition has, however, been challenged in recent years. This study aimed to analyze BTP prevalence in different pain conditions. METHODS This was a prospective, non-interventional, observational study(More)
INTRODUCTION Opioid treatment for chronic malignant and nonmalignant pain of moderateto-severe intensity is associated with bowel dysfunction leading to constipation; this often requires opioid dose reduction or interruption. Combination opioid agonist/antagonist therapy can restore normal bowel function. A prolonged-released (PR) fixed-dose combination of(More)
Population aging is the demographic phenomenon characterizing all countries in the world, and it is challenging the national infrastructures, in particular health systems. However, aging itself is not associated with increased medical spending, but disability and comorbidity that affect older individuals are the actual drivers for health expenditures.(More)
BACKGROUND World Health Organization step III opioids are required to relieve moderate-to-severe cancer pain; constipation is one of the most frequent opioid-induced side effects. A fixed combination, prolonged-release oxycodone/naloxone (OXN), was developed with the aim of reducing opioid-related gastrointestinal side effects. The objective of this study(More)
BACKGROUND Opioids may alleviate chronic neuropathic pain (NP), but are considered second/third-line analgesia due to their poor gastrointestinal (GI) tolerability. A fixed combination of prolonged-release oxycodone and naloxone (OXN) has been developed to overcome the GI effects. The aim of this analysis was to evaluate analgesic effectiveness and(More)
Herpes Zoster (HZ) is a viral disease with painful neuro-dermatologic manifestations. Incidence increases with age. In Italy, the estimated incidence is 6.3 cases/1000 person/year; hospital admissions are less than 2%, 69% in patients aged over 65 years. The most frequent complication of HZ is Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN) characterized by metameric pain,(More)
Pain affects patients with cancer at any stage of their disease. Yet, it is not adequately treated in a significant percentage of cases. In 1986, the WHO proposed a three-step approach for the treatment of pain in cancer patients (from nonopioids to weak opioids to strong opioids, according to pain intensity) following the recommendations of an(More)
OBJECTIVE A survey of breakthrough pain (BTP) was performed in five palliative care units (PCU), seven oncology departments (ONC), and nine pain clinics (OPC). METHODS A standard algorithm was used to confirm the diagnosis of BTP of patients refereed to different settings. RESULTS 1,412 evaluable cancer patients were enrolled. 53.9% were males and the(More)
Herpes zoster (HZ) is an acute viral illness characterized by a vesicular rash with unilateral distribution, which can also result in severe complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), ophthalmic zoster, stroke or other neurological complications. The estimate incidence in Europe ranges between 2.0 and 4.6 cases per 1,000 person-years, with a sharp(More)