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Will Prozac Help My Neuropathy
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
How does Prozac (fluoxetine) reduce pain? Helps with my back pain/my neuropathy in my foot. Doesn't seem to help all pain (fibromyalgia = not as much help)
Prozac (fluoxetine) is approved for chronic headaches but otherwise lacks indication for chronic pain such as neuropathy.
It may help improving the pain by improving underlying depression, even if it was subtle or undiagnosed. Improvements in depression are linked to heightened pain tolerance. ...Read more
Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.
Unlikely: No evidence I know of that and there are significant interactions. Though interactions are the same there is evidence that Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help with chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about all the medications you are on and he/she can help you weigh the benefit vs risk of such combinations. ...Read more
Neuropathy: Neuropathy can cause a wide variety of painful symptoms including painful numbness, burning, tingling, a feeling of "pins and needles" and shooting pains. There are medications on the market that do aid in treating neuropathic pain. These medications have their share of possible side effects and must be monitored by a physician. ...Read more
VARIABLE: Depending on cause, different therapies. An immune neuropathy may respond to ivig, a diabetic to metanx and/or lyrica, alcoholic neuropathy best with thiamine, leprosy with use of antibiotics, HIV with anti-retrovirals, etc. For symptom relief, consider gabapentin, lyrica, cymbalta, savella, (milnacipran) tricyclics. ...Read more
New Medicines: In the past, no, however there are now various medical regimes that can be tried to alleviate some of this pain. See your primary care doctor for options. ...Read more
Depending on cause: Neuropathy is a generic term for disease of the nerve. At times, if cause is found early, it can be cured. For exam, neuropathy from B12 deficiency will likely be cured once B12 is replaced. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be cured. Disc disease compressing the nerves can be treated if compression is removed. Many other neuropathies, unfortunately are not, but treatable to control symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more
Depression: Each patient is different. Many people are on that medication for several years. When a patient starts on this medication patient should stay on it for 6 to 9 months after that they try to wean the patient off the medication gradually. See you doctor. ...Read more
Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more
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