Are you a diabetic who is currently suffering pain due to neuropathy or recent amputation? If so, you probably already know it can be a difficult journey to find proper pain relief. Often, patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy have an intense, sharp, stabbing, and burning pain that they cannot seem to relieve. They try every type of pain reliever or remedy, but have little success in treating their pain. An unfortunate truth is sometimes patients only find relief in strong, addictive painkillers such as opioids (morphine, Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc.), become dependent upon them for pain relief, and end up needing stronger doses due to their body becoming tolerant of the drug; this can become expensive and detrimental to the patient’s health. If this is your situation and are interested in a possible alternative, there have been tremendous successes in treating diabetic neuropathy pain with certain medications as Neurontin® (Gabapentin) and Lyrica® (Pregabalin).
What are Neurontin® and Lyrica®
There are countless medications on the market that have been repurposed to treat other conditions. Neurontin® (also known as Gabapentin) and Lyrica® (known as Pregabalin) are two medications originally made to help treat people with seizures. However, Neurontin® and Lyrica® have shown to provide pain relief in patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy and provide an alternative to addicting painkillers. Neurontin® has been a beneficial treatment option for patients who have had amputations or complaints of phantom limb pains after an amputation. Lyrica® has also been shown to provide pain relief in patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy.
What are the Possible Side Effects? Can I take these if I am on other Meds?
Every medication you take will come with the possibility of side effects. With these two medications, the most common side effects tend to be sedation, dysphoria, or the inability to concentrate. It is for this reason, if you begin taking these medications, they should be taken at night, rather than during the day. The good news is these medications do not get metabolized too quickly and this allows you to take them with other medications. Also, these provide the patient with a safer way to manage their pain without the concern of becoming addicted to the medications (as seen with opioid painkillers).
If you are experiencing severe pain due to diabetic neuropathy and have yet to find a way to manage your pain, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, and see if Lyrica® or Neurontin® are suitable medications to help you manage your pain.