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Nerve Pain Medications

What are “nerve pain medications” or “neuropathics”? These can be gabapentin (Neurontin), topiramate (Topamax), or pregabalin (Lyrica). These are anti-seizure medications or anticonvulsants. You might think “but I don’t have seizures”. Well, in medicine, we often use other types of medications to treat other things. When your medical provider prescribes these medications to you, they are not suggesting you have seizures. They are using the medications’ ability to “calm down the nerves” as one would try to stop the convulsions from a seizure. This, in turn, will help stabilize the improper nerve firings that can feel like burning and tingling.

You always want to try these medications at night, when you do not have to go anywhere, or drive. This way you can see how it makes you feel and how your body reacts to it. You should also get in the habit when starting a new medication to read the possible side effects the medication has when picking up the prescription from the pharmacy. The main side effects from these medications would be blurred vision, dizziness, or tiredness. As always, tell your provider if you have any side effects. Please do not just stop the medication on your own without consulting your provider.