What are the Different Nerve Pain Medications?

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Nerve pain can be caused by a variety of reasons, including surgery, accidents, chronic conditions, and many others. While nerve pain has a number of causes, there are also several nerve pain medications that can successfully be used in its treatment. Some of the most common forms of nerve pain medications include pregabalin and gabapentin, which are also often prescribed as anti-seizure medications. Combinations of narcotics that are often combined in medicines, such as acetaminophen and propoxyphene, acetaminophen and oxycodone, acetaminophen and hydrocodone, and acetaminophen and hydrocodone, are also typically prescribed for those suffering from nerve pain. In order to achieve optimal results with nerve pain medications, it is important to weigh the benefits of the medications with their possible side effects.

Pregabalin and gabapentin are two of the most commonly prescribed nerve pain medications. These medications are typically classified under regulations as anti-seizure medications. However, research has found that they are also highly effective in the treatment of nerve pain. Pregabalin and gabapentin work due to their ability to bind to the nerves of the body and block pain signals that are transmitted from nerve ending to nerve ending. These medications are most often found as oral medications. Dosage rates will vary depending on the severity of the nerve pain, and on the age, gender, and weight of the person affected.


In some cases, narcotic blends may be used as nerve pain medications. Some of the most common examples of narcotics that are often prescribed for nerve pain include acetaminophen and propoxyphene, acetaminophen and oxycodone, acetaminophen and hydrocodone, and acetaminophen and hydrocodone. These medications are rarely prescribed by themselves, and instead are often paired with pregabalin, gabapentin, or another similar medication. Narcotic medications may also be paired with muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, or even oral steroids.

Research has found that even prescription narcotics can be highly addictive. Because of this, it is important that individuals who are prescribed these medications are closely monitored. Often, patients who are prescribed a narcotic medication for the treatment of nerve pain receive only enough for a few days. A thorough review is typically then done in order to determine the need for more of the medication.

While the medications listed above are typically very effective in the treatment of nerve pain, they can also cause some serious side effects. While side effects can vary from person to person, individuals most often experience symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, and, in the very worst cases, respiratory failure. Often, it is a balancing game to determine what dosage of nerve pain medication will be sufficient to treat the symptoms without leading to possible life-threatening side effects.


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