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A 70-year-old male asked:

md recommended i change from neurontin to lyrica (pregabalin) for peripheral neuropathy. should i expect to have decreased feelings of numbness in toes and feet?

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Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Maybe: Both similar in their actions. Lyrica (pregabalin) newer. Both mildly effective. May or may not help the problem. Maybe some natural products such as Alpha lipoic acid may be helpful.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Agree, to add I would say the alpha Lipoic acid needs to betaken in high doge. I.e 1200-1800mg per day in divided doses. Many OTC pills come in 50 mg, you need to look for those that are 600mg or higher so your not taking a Million pills. Alternatively,rx, Metanx works very well as well. A prescription vitamin.
Sep 1, 2013
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Different treatments: Peripheral neuropathy is when the nerves do not function as they should when the sensory nerves are affected, the sensations can range from complete lack of sensation to a "lightning bolt" pain that occurs sporadically. Both of these medications are used to treat peripheral neuropathy as well as several others. Not all medications work for everybody so use it for a while to be sure.

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