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Can you develop neuropathy from prozac (fluoxetine)?

Can you develop neuropathy from prozac (fluoxetine)?

Yes: Peripheral neuropathy is very uncommon. It occurs in about 1/10th of 1 percent of those taking prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

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


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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)

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)

Chemicals: 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

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause nerve damage to the legs which causes a little swelling?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause nerve damage to the legs which causes a little swelling?

Not Prozac (fluoxetine): Have your doctor evaluate why you have "nerve damage" and "swelling". Prozac (fluoxetine) has many bad effects, and I do NOT use it in my practice, but your issues seem secondary to another cause. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Can neuropathy go away?

Can neuropathy go away?

Depends: It depends on what the cause of neuropathy is. In majority of cases you can improve symptoms by treating the underlying cause and taking appropriate meds. ...Read more

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What type of pain can neuropathy cause?

What type of pain can neuropathy cause?

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

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What medication can you use for neuropathy?

What medication can you use for neuropathy?

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

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Can you tell me about 'vastilitic neuropathy'?

Can you tell me about 'vastilitic neuropathy'?

Unhelpful term: But, implies decreased blood flow can cause a neuropathy. In fact, diabetic neuropathy is often secondary to the vasa nervorum supplying the nerves, and can reverse this by increasing local nitrite effects, using biologically active B vitamins. ...Read more

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Is there anything new for cure of pheripheal neuropathy?

Is there anything new for cure of pheripheal neuropathy?

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

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What is the difference between neuronopathy and neuropathy?

Neuronopathy?: Neuronopathy = injury to nerve cell bodies, such as the motor neurons in the illness ALS

Neuropathy = injury to nerves, such as from trauma, high blood sugar, inherited illnesses that affect nerve structure

See this reference http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15244178 ...Read more

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Can there be anyone who has had neuropathy completely recovered?

Can there be anyone who has had neuropathy completely recovered?

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

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Can coq10 help neuropathy?

Can coq10 help neuropathy?

Alpha Lipoic Acid: A natural supplement called Alpha lipoic acid is used to help the nerves damaged by neuropathy. One needs to take a therapeutic dose — 1200 mg daily. Ask your doc about it. ...Read more

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Does echinacea help neuropathy?

Does echinacea help neuropathy?

No supporting : Evidence. There is no supporting evidence to suggest efficacy. The Best way to help neuropathy, or slow progression really, is to control underlying issues causing the neuropathy. ...Read more

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How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

How does Prozac (fluoxetine) work?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy be caused by cysts?

Can neuropathy be caused by cysts?

sometimes: Subcutaneous cysts cannot. Cysts arising in or near the spine or joints can cause nerve compression. ...Read more

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Does osteoporosis cause neuropathy?

Does osteoporosis cause neuropathy?

No, there is: No association between osteoporosis and neuropathy except either trauma that could lead to nerve damage after fractures, or underlying metabolic issues which can increase progression of each separately, such as malabsorbtion issues. ...Read more

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How do I stop Prozac (fluoxetine)?

How do I stop Prozac (fluoxetine)?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If you mean "How do I wean myself off Prozac (fluoxetine)?" the general rule is to work with your prescribing physician to help you taper off gradually. DO NOT IMMEDIATELY STOP TAKING IT. ...Read more

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How does Foltanx help with neuropathy?

How does Foltanx help with neuropathy?

It doesn't.: Foltanx is a combination of vitamins. It has no proven benefit in management of neuropathy. ...Read more

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How long Prozac (fluoxetine) could be taken?

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

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What can be done for neuropathy on your head?

Neuropathy: The first question is to determine the cause of the neuropathy. For example, shingles can result in neuropathy of the scalp. There are several "neurotrophic" drugs that can be tried. I would consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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The Biggest difference between RLS and neuropathy?

The Biggest difference between RLS and neuropathy?

Not much in common: Neuropathy is a disorder of peripheral nerve function due to diabetes, nutritional deficiency, toxins, infection, auto immune attack etc. One has numbness and parasthesias and may go on to develop weakness and muscle atrophy. Neuropathy affects the longest nerves first (feet) followed by legs and hands. RLS causes vague discomfort that is relieved by walking and is due to low dopamine or iron. ...Read more

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What conditions can Prozac (fluoxetine) treat?

What conditions can Prozac (fluoxetine) treat?

Prozac (fluoxetine): It inhibits reuptake of serotonin, hence increases available serotonin which relieves symptoms of depression, OCD, Anxiety, PMS, etc. ...Read more

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Can a non diabetic have symptoms of neuropathy?

Can a non diabetic have symptoms of neuropathy?

Many causes: Hi. Neuropathy is damage to nerve function by metabolic factors, toxins, injuries, etc. Specific types of nerve fibers can be afflicted. In my field, diabetes is a very common cause of neuropathy. Some chemotherapy drugs cause neuropathy. Nutritional deficiencies can cause neuropathy (vitamin B12 deficiency is a classic). So yes, a non-diabetic can have neuropathy. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is compression neuropathy?

What sort of disorder is compression neuropathy?

Pinched Nerve: A compressive neuropathy is a condition when I nerve in the arms or legs have pressure on them. The most common is carpal tunnel syndrome. Depending upon the severity they can be treated with splinting, injections of cortisone, physical therapy and sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) at bedtime?

Is it ok to take Prozac (fluoxetine) at bedtime?

Depends on you: The timing doesn't change the effect of Prozac (fluoxetine) on depression, anxiety, or panic attacks. But Prozac tends to be "activating" and might disturb sleep if taken at bedtime. Most patients take it after their first food of the day, e.g., after breakfast. Rarely, patients find it sedating instead of activating, and then it's best to take it at bedtime. ...Read more

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Is Gralise 1200mg a good drug to treat neuropathy?

Is Gralise 1200mg a good drug to treat neuropathy?

Yes: Gralise {gabapentin} js used to treat neuropathy and can be slowly increased to a maximum of 1800mg daily. Though officially approved by the FDA for neuropathy following shingles, it is used for diabetic and other neuropathies. Do not stop suddenly and follow directions faithfully. ...Read more

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What are other causes of neuropathy besides diabetic?

Multiple: Vitamin deficiencies, with or without alcoholism, lead and other heavy metal poisoning. Autoimmune disease, and some cancers cause neuropathies. ...Read more

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How to get off Prozac (fluoxetine) and get on nardill?

At least 4 weeks: The metabolites of Prozac (fluoxetine) have an extraordinarily long half-life. You must wait at least 4 weeks after stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) before considering taking any form of MAOI type antidepressants. This must be done under the care and responsibility of a local physician accustomed to prescribing this type of antidepressant. The MAOI type antidepressant has many dietary restrictions and other limitations. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more