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  1. Agomelatine, a novel therapeutic option for the management of irritable bowel syndrome Qin Xiang Ng, Alex Yu Sen Soh, Donovan Yutong Lim, Wee-Song Yeo PMID: 30014556 DOI: 10.1111/jcpt.12749 Abstract What is known and objective: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex and chronic, relapsing gastrointestinal condition that affects more than 10% of the population worldwide. There is a pressing need for new therapeutic strategies in the management of IBS. Increasing research has shed light on the modulatory functions of melatonin on pain, local inflammation and motility in the gastrointestinal tract. However, melatonin's effects are limited by its extensive first-pass metabolism and short half-life. Comment: Agomelatine, a naphthalene analog of melatonin, is a novel melatonergic drug with a longer half-life and a comparatively greater affinity for MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptors than melatonin itself. Agomelatine also shows serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist activity, which is theoretically of benefit for patients with IBS with diarrhoea (IBS-D) as it regulates gastrointestinal motility and visceral sensory mechanisms. Although only one clinical study of agomelatine use in patients with IBS exists, we believe that agomelatine is a safe and efficacious multimodal agent with untapped potential in the management of IBS. What is new and conclusion: Numerous comorbidities are associated with IBS, including chronic pain syndromes and psychiatric disorders. Coupled with its antidepressant actions, agomelatine could serve as an effective adjunct therapeutic. Agomelatine should be considered in our therapeutic armamentarium for IBS management. © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. >> Abstract on PubMed
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