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Is oxycodone or other narcotics any good for pain from diabetic neuropathy?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
Narcotic medicines are curiously unhelpful for the pain of neuropathy.
One problem with them is that most have a time length of action. Another problem is that a person builds tolerance to them. There are many non narcotic treatment options. It is rare that providers who treat this would consider narcotics for it.

In brief: Not really
Narcotic medicines are curiously unhelpful for the pain of neuropathy.
One problem with them is that most have a time length of action. Another problem is that a person builds tolerance to them. There are many non narcotic treatment options. It is rare that providers who treat this would consider narcotics for it.
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: As a last resort
While narcotics are very effective against a wide variety of pain syndromes, their side effects, tendency to cause tolerance, and addiction potential make them agents to use only if more targeted treatment (such as treatment for neuropathic pain) has failed.
Often, narcotic medications must be written for and monitored by a dedicated pain clinic.

In brief: As a last resort
While narcotics are very effective against a wide variety of pain syndromes, their side effects, tendency to cause tolerance, and addiction potential make them agents to use only if more targeted treatment (such as treatment for neuropathic pain) has failed.
Often, narcotic medications must be written for and monitored by a dedicated pain clinic.
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not first choice
There continues to be debate regarding the value of opioids in the management of neuropathy.
They are certainly not a first line treatment. A targeted treatment like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta would be better first choices.

In brief: Not first choice
There continues to be debate regarding the value of opioids in the management of neuropathy.
They are certainly not a first line treatment. A targeted treatment like neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta would be better first choices.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
I hope you have been referred to a Neurologist.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
In brief: Yes but...
Narcotics may mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required.

In brief: Yes but...
Narcotics may mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue.
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required.
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