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TitleLong-term use of a cannabis-based medicine in the treatment of spasticity and other symptoms in multiple sclerosis.
Author(s)Wade DT, Makela PM, House H, Bateman C, Robson P.
Journal, Volume, IssueMult Scler. 2006 Oct;12(5):639-45.
Major outcome(s)Long-term use of cannabis maintains its therapeutic effects
IndicationSpasticity;Multiple sclerosis;PainAbstract

The object of this study was to monitor the safety and efficacy of long-term use of an oromucosal cannabis-based medicine (CBM) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). A total of 137 MS patients with symptoms not controlled satisfactorily using standard drugs entered this open-label trial following a 10-week, placebo-controlled study. Patients were assessed every eight weeks using visual analogue scales and diary scores of main symptoms, and were followed for an average of 434 days (range: 21 -814). A total of 58 patients (42.3%) withdrew due to lack of efficacy (24); adverse events (17); withdrew consent (6); lost to follow-up (3); and other (8). Patients reported 292 unwanted effects, of which 251 (86%) were mild to moderate, including oral pain (28), dizziness (20), diarrhoea (17), nausea (15) and oromucosal disorder (12). Three patients had five 'serious adverse events' between them--two seizures, one fall, one aspiration pneumonia, one gastroenteritis. Four patients had first-ever seizures. The improvements recorded and dosage taken in the acute study remained stable. Planned, sudden interruption of CBM for two weeks in 25 patients (of 62 approached) did not cause a consistent withdrawal syndrome, although 11 (46%) patients reported at least one of--tiredness, interrupted sleep, hot and cold flushes, mood alteration, reduced appetite, emotional lability, intoxication or vivid dreams. Twenty-two (88%) patients re-started CBM treatment. We conclude that long-term use of an oromucosal CBM (Sativex) maintains its effect in those patients who perceive initial benefit. The precise nature and rate of risks with long-term use, especially epilepsy, will require larger and longer-term studies.

Dose(s)30 mg THC on average
Duration (days)434
Participants137 MS patients
DesignOpen study
Type of publicationMedical journal
Address of author(s)Oxford Centre for Enablement, Windmill Road, Oxford OX3 7LD, UK.
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