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Is amitriptyline as good as Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain?

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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

They work on different receptors and one might work better for a specific pain or a specific patient.
They can also be taken together. If amitriptylene helps but causes too much side effects consider switching to desipramine.

In brief: Yes

They work on different receptors and one might work better for a specific pain or a specific patient.
They can also be taken together. If amitriptylene helps but causes too much side effects consider switching to desipramine.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on diagnosis

Amitriptyline (elavil (amitriptyline) for brand name) is an anti-neuropathic medicine.
It is an old generation anti-depressant. Neurontin (gabapentin) is also an anti-neuropathic medicine. Neurontin is also an anti-seizure type medicine. Patients with chronic nerve pain have different reactions to anti-neuropathics. Neurontin seems to have more specificity toward nerve pain.

In brief: Depends on diagnosis

Amitriptyline (elavil (amitriptyline) for brand name) is an anti-neuropathic medicine.
It is an old generation anti-depressant. Neurontin (gabapentin) is also an anti-neuropathic medicine. Neurontin is also an anti-seizure type medicine. Patients with chronic nerve pain have different reactions to anti-neuropathics. Neurontin seems to have more specificity toward nerve pain.
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
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