What natural vitamins can help to reduce neuropathy (diabetic) rather than chems such as neurontin (gabapentin)?

Lipoic acid and... Probably the best strategy for reducing neuropathy is better control of diabetes but a variety of supplements including lipoic acid, benfotiamine, acetyl-l-carnitine & gamma linolenic acid are proven to help diabetic neuropathy. See http://www.Lef.Org/protocols/neurological/neuropathy_04.Htm#nutritional-options also consider frequency specific microcurrent- see http://frequencyspecific.Com/.
Possibly. Alpha-lipoic acid -- an antioxidant made by the body -- has been used in europe for years to help people with diabetic neuropathy. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/alpha-lipoic-000285.htm in one study, using 800 mg/day was better than placebo. Please talk w/your doctor about it first. It may also take 3-5 weeks at least, to show an effect.

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Other than Neurontin (gabapentin) what are acceptable pain meds to treat severely painful diabetes neuropathy?

Many. There are two medications that are fda-approved for this condition. They are cymbalta, and lyrica (pregabalin). Other meds are often used as well, including tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline and trazodone, and anti-seizure meds such as topiramate, Gabapentin (neurontin), and carbamazepine. Capsaicin (chemical that makes jalapenos hot) creams can also be helpful and don't need a prescription. Read more...
Many. There's lyrica, (pregabalin) Cymbalta and narcotic pain meds. You can also apply a capsaicin cream to the affected area. You also want to protect your feet from injury, no walking barefoot and inspect you feet daily for small cuts and blisters. Read more...
Many. Lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, tca like desipramine/amitriptylene, anticonvulsant like keppra, topamax, tegretol, teileptal, lamictal. Also consider supplements Alpha lipoic acid, acetylcarnitine, and fish oil which have proven efficacy in dn. Read more...

I am having diabetic neuropathy. It is very painful. My doctor wants to try neurontin (gabapentin). It may also help with my restless legs syndrome. Any ideas?

Good idea. Gabapentinoids have been widely used for diabetic neuropathy. Because the gabapentinoids are not metabolized in the liver and are excreted through the kidney essentially unchanged, they have no significant drug interactions. Read more...
PN & RLS Rx. Neurontin (gabapentin) is used to treat both those conditions. It is possible that you have both, but be careful. The symptoms overlap. There are special symptoms for RLS that PN does not have- such as it improves with walking. People with RLS often have a low ferritin level, and such cases improve with iron therapy. Read more...

I'm type 2 diabetic & my ankle is fused. I hv neuropathy in that ankle. I take gabapentin (900mg 3x day) & hydrocdne (10/325) the same. I still hv pain?

Is the pain neurop. is your pain neuropathy or is it different. If it is neuropathy you are at the top dose of gabapentin so may need to switch to Lyrica (pregabalin) . Usually neuropathy is in both legs so if just the fused ankle one needs better explanation than diabetes for the neuropathy. Would have your physician reevaluate the diagnosis and cause of the pain . Read more...

I think I have diabetic neuropathy. I think that Lyrica (pregabalin) is used for this. I also read about Neurontin. Which medication is for what exactly?

Neurontin (gabapentin) first. Both are used for neuropathy as well as other things. Lyrica (pregabalin) has a withdrawal syndrome associated with trying to stop it. Neurontin would be a better first choice in my view and works well for a lot of people. Both have pros and cons, discuss it with your family doc and any specialist you are seeing. Also see what other options you might have. Lose weight too, watch diet, to slow progression. Read more...
Lyrica (pregabalin) and neurontin. Both meds are widely used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy as well as trigeminal neuralgia. Read more...

My husband takes pravachol (pravastatin) his muscles hurt he also takes gabapentin for neuropathy not a diabetic he gets mood seings?

Statin medications. Statin medications (like pravachol) do often cause muscle aches and can contribute to neuropathy. The are very good medicines overall, however, so speak to your doctor about perhaps changing to another one....Which often fixes the problem. Read more...
No interaction. There is no interaction between the two drugs. Pravachol (pravastatin) is a "statin" drug. Muscle pain is an adverse effect to be worried about with these drugs. I would call his prescribing doctor asap. The mood swings may be from his muscle pain. Read more...