Can Psychedelics Be Used to Treat Fibromyalgia? – Pain News Network

Posted: July 25, 2021 at 3:29 pm

By Pat Anson, PNN Editor

A startup pharmaceutical company has announced plans for a clinical trial to see if a psychedelic compound may be useful in treating fibromyalgia.

California-based Tryp Therapeutics is partnering with scientists at the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan Medical School for the Phase 2a study, which would be the first to evaluate the effictiveness of psilocybin the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms -- in treating fibromyalgia.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with such forward-looking clinicians and scientists to develop additional treatment options for fibromyalgia," Jim Gilligan, PhD, Tryps President and Chief Science Officer said in a statement.

"The Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan brings incomparable experience with evaluating treatments for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain indications, and there is nothing more important to our collective team than creating therapies that will address the daily distress of these patients."

The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of TRYP-8802, an oral formulation of synthetic psilocybin developed by Tryp. The treatment, which will also include psychotherapy, is designed to target pain through neuroplasticity, which alters and reorganizes neural networks in the brain.

Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood disorder characterized by widespread body pain, fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety and depression. Standard treatments for fibromyalgia, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and gabapentinoids (Lyrica, Neurontin), often prove to be ineffective or have unwelcome side effects.

"Existing treatment options for fibromyalgia are often ineffective and show significant side effects," said Daniel Clauw, MD, Director of the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center.

Tryp plans to submit an Investigational New Drug application to the FDA for the Phase 2 trial in September. Phase 2 studies typically involve a few hundred people with a disease or condition, and are designed to test the safety and efficacy of a treatment. A much larger Phase 3 study is usually required before the FDA will even consider approval.

Interest in using psychedelics to treat medical conditions has been growing in recent years, primarily as a way to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Preliminary research suggests that microdoses of LSD, psilocybin and other psychedelics may also be effective in treating pain.

Another pharmaceutical startup Mind Medicine (MindMed) recently announced plans to investigate LSD as a treatment for cluster headache and an unnamed common, often debilitating, chronic pain syndrome.

Tryp Therapeutics is focused on developing psilocybin-based compounds for the treatment of diseases with unmet medical needs. The company recently announced a partnership with the University of Michigan to study synthetic psilocybin as a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. Tryp is also working with the University of Florida to investigate psilocybin as a treatment for eating disorders.

LSD, psilocybin and other psychedelics are classified as Schedule I controlled substances, meaning they have a high potential for abuse and currently have no accepted medical use in the United States.

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