Now that neuropathy has been discussed, many are probably looking for the appropriate treatment for neuropathy. One goal of its treatment though is so that the condition of the patient can be managed. Once the original cause has been corrected, the neuropathy disease will eventually improve by itself. In addition to this goal, treatment is also being done so that the painful symptoms can be relieved. Among these treatments include taking the following medications:
• Pain relievers- While this is self explanatory, taking over the counter pain relievers can relieve the mild symptoms of neuropathy such as burning pain, sensitivity, and muscle weakness to the affected area. However, if there are more serious symptoms, doctors can prescribe painkillers. These prescription drugs include opiates or codeine. Because this can lead to drug dependence, sedation or constipation, these drugs are only being prescribed when all the other treatments do not work.
• Lidocaine patch- This is a patch which contains a topical anesthetic known as lidocaine. Normally, it is being applied to the area where there is severe pain. In one day, patients can use up to four patches in order to relieve pain. For some people, they can develop a rash on the area where the patch has been placed.
• Anti-seizure medications- Originally, drugs like topiramate (Topamax), carbamazepine (Tegretol), gabapentin (Neurontin), phentyoin (Dilantin), and pregabalin (Lyrica) were developed to cure epilepsy. But doctors can also prescribe them to treat nerve pain.
• Antidepressants- While tricyclic antidepressants like nortriptyline and amitriptyline were originally developed for treating depression, they were also found to be able to help alleviate pain. This is through the drugs ability to interfere with the spinal cord and the brain’s chemical processes of causing patients to feel pain.
While these medications are being used as treatment for neuropathy, extreme care still needs to be enforced when taking them so that side effects can be avoided.