Prolonged gabapentin analgesia in an experimental mouse model of fibromyalgia

Mol Pain. 2008 Nov 6:4:52. doi: 10.1186/1744-8069-4-52.


In a new mouse model for generalized pain syndrome, including fibromyalgia, which used intermittent cold stress (ICS), bilateral allodynia in the hindpaw was observed that lasted more than 12 days; thermal hyperalgesia lasted 15 days. During constant cold stress (CCS), mice showed only a transient allodynia. A female prevalence in ICS-induced allodynia was observed in gonadectomized but not in gonad intact mice. Systemic gabapentin showed complete anti-allodynic effects in the ICS model at the one-tenth dose for injury-induced neuropathic pain model, and central gabapentin showed long-lasting analgesia for 4 days in ICS, but not the injury model. These results suggest that the ICS model is useful for the study of generalized pain syndrome.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amines / administration & dosage
  • Amines / pharmacology*
  • Analgesia / methods*
  • Analgesics / administration & dosage
  • Analgesics / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids / administration & dosage
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids / pharmacology*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Drug Administration Routes
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / drug therapy*
  • Gabapentin
  • Mice
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid / administration & dosage
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid / pharmacology*


  • Amines
  • Analgesics
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
  • Gabapentin