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

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Einar Ottestad
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Melissa Young
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
You can also try some antidepressants like Elavil or Pamelor.
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Especially for patients without insurance or prescription plan, I have seen very good results with low dose nortriptyline.
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