Research Article| Volume 50, ISSUE 7, P673-677, October 2012

Pre-emptive analgesia with the combination of tramadol plus meloxicam for third molar surgery: a pilot study

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      The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate pre-emptive analgesia using the combination tramadol plus meloxicam compared with each individual drug alone for the reduction of pain after extraction of third molars. Fifty-one patients were randomised into three groups (n = 17 in each), using a series of random numbers: the first group was given tramadol 25 mg and meloxicam 7.5 mg; the second tramadol 50 mg, and the third meloxicam 15 mg, all intramuscularly. Treatments were prepared in identical syringes by an independent investigator and were given immediately. The teeth were removed 50 min after the analgesics had been given. Intensity of pain, consumption of analgesics, and adverse effects were evaluated. The intensity of pain was evaluated using a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the area under the curve of the VAS showed significant differences amongst the groups. In conclusion, the study showed that the combination of tramadol 25 mg and meloxicam 7.5 mg had an analgesic effect similar to that of meloxicam 15 mg, but both were better than tramadol 50 mg for relief of pain after the extraction of mandibular third molars.


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