Many prescription medications are available for diabetes-related nerve pain, but they don't work for everyone. Pain-relieving prescription treatments may include:
- Anti-seizure drugs - The American Diabetes Association recommends starting with pregabalin (Lyrica). Others that have been used to treat neuropathy are gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin) and carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol).
- Antidepressants - Tricyclics, including amitriptyline, desipramine (Norpramin) and imipramine (Tofranil), may provide relief for mild to moderate symptoms. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) may ease pain with fewer side effects.
When considering any medication, talk to your doctor about the benefits and drawbacks to determine what might work best for you.
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