Stuck On Prescriptions

Neuropathic Pain TreatmentIt is so easy to get stuck in a rut and continue on with what you know this is called a comfort zone. Comfort zones can keep people from expanding their horizons and trying new things. In life there are certain areas that we wish to keep safe and personal health is one of them. Our personal health can sometimes be threatened by a diagnosis such as neuropathy. When a diagnosis such as neuropathy is handed down typically so is a treatment option such as prescription medications.

When a medication is prescribed the neuropathy patient quickly finds comfort in this treatment approach and could soon develop a bond with this treatment choice. Being stuck on prescription medications can cause negative side effects and complicated drawbacks so it is important that the neuropathic patient learn all he or she can about the medications being prescribed and the side effects that could come connected with their usage.

Medication classification:

  • Over      The Counter Medicine
    • Acetaminophen
    • Non-hormoneal anti-inflammatory       drugs
  • Prescription Medication
    • Antidepressants
      • Tricyclic Anti-depressants
      • Serotonin-norepinephrine        reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
      • Selective serotonin        reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
    • Anti-seizures
    • Opioids
  • Topical      Creams
      • numbing cream
      • Caspian

 

Acetaminophen

Tylenol is a form of Acetaminophen and helps the body reduce mild pain by lowering the body’s temperature. Acetaminophen is often taken to help reduce mild conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Muscle Aches
  • Toothaches
  • Mild Cold Symptoms

 

Acetaminophen type medicines are overall safe if taken in small dosages and if over-used, it could result in damage to the kidneys and liver.

Non-hormoneal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)

NSAID is often preferred over Acetaminophen when attempting to treat more severe levels of pain. NSAIDs are able to help reduce pain levels as well as treat inflammation. There are two classes of NSAID.

  1. Aspirin      – examples of over the counter medicine that attains aspirin would be:
    1. Aleve
    2. Motrin
    3. Advil
  2. Non-Aspirin      – examples of over the counter medicine that is aspirin free would      include:
    1. Ibuprofen
    2. Motrin IB

NSAIDS can have a positive effect by fighting pain and inflammation as well as by blocking prostaglandins from developing. Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause painful inflammation and pain taking NSAID you reduce both. Possible side effects include:

  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

 

 Antidepressants

Endorphins are the way the body naturally relieves pain and antidepressants are said to help treat neuropathy pain by blocking pain signals on their way to the brain and release endorphins. Antidepressants are further categorized that are available to help treat neuropathy.

Tricyclic anti-depressants calm levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Tricyclic can reduce pain and improve mood and even help one sleep better. For help with reliving nerve pain, doctors will often prescribe the following tricyclic anti-depressants:

  • Amitriptyline
  • Desipramine
  • Imipramine

 

Side Effects dizziness, drowsiness, dries mouth and eyes as well as constipation.

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) increase serotonin and norepinephrine one has in their system. SNRIs block serotonin and norepinephrine from being reabsorbed by brain cells.

Side Effects dizziness, drowsiness and insomnia

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are like SNRIs in that they help increase serotonin levels in the body, yet they differ in that they focus on serotonin levels to help decrease one’s pain perception.

Side Effects insomnia, headaches and nausea

Anti-Seizures

Anti-seizures are medications that were originally designed to treat seizures. Anti-seizure medication is often prescribed to treat diabetic neuropathy due to its ability to slow down nerve signals so that the pain levels are not communicated to the brain. Examples of anti-seizures anti-convulsants would be:

  • Pregabalin
  • Gabapentin
  • Gabarone
  • meds

 

Side Effects: drowsiness, weight gain, dizziness and nausea
Opioids

Also called narcotics, opioids are painkillers and serious stuff that should not be tampered with unless prescribed. Opioids are prescribed to relieve severe pain quickly but can become addictive.

Side Effects: drowsiness, nausea and constipation

Ointment/Creams

Topical creams such as numbing cream and Capsaicin have been known to help relieve neuropathic symptoms on a temporary basis. numbing cream patches and a Capsaicin topical cream both have a soothing effect on damaged nerves. Both numbing cream and Capsaicin are safe to use frequently throughout a day on neuropathic areas such as the hands and feet. numbing cream patches and capsaicin ointment is a great neuropathy tool for mild nerve pain.

 

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