Treatment for nerve pain with Anti-Seizure Drugs
Anticonvulsants or seizure drugs were initially developed to treat epileptic patients. However, some of these drugs ability to soothe the nerves can also aid in reducing the shooting, stabbing, or scorching pain that is frequently brought on by nerve damage. Numerous factors, such as trauma, surgery, illness, or exposure to pollutants, can harm nerves. Damaged nerves become wrongly engaged and provide pain signals that are useless. This kind of discomfort can be crippling and challenging to manage. Diabetes is just one of the numerous illnesses that can result in neuropathy or damage to the nerves. Diabetes-related high blood sugar levels might harm your body's nerves all over. Usually, numbness and pain in your hands and feet are the initial symptoms. Anyone who has had chickenpox is susceptible to developing shingles, a blistery rash that can be uncomfortable or unpleasant. If the pain from shingles lasts after the rash has healed, it is known as post herpetic neuralgia.
Everyone 50 years and older should take the zoster virus vaccination, which can aid in preventing this excruciating condition, as shingles risk rises with age. The herpes zoster vaccine is advised for everyone older than 60. Anti-seizure drugs seem to block the excessive transmission of pain signals from highly sensitive nerves, as in fibromyalgia, or injured nerves. For some circumstances, certain anti-seizure medications perform extremely effectively. Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder that can result in excruciating face pain that feels like an electric shock, and it is frequently treated with carbamazepine. The anticonvulsants gabapentin and pregabalin have been shown to be effective in reducing pain brought on by injured nerves. Pregabalin and gabapentin are particularly good for treating post herpetic neuralgia, diabetic neuropathy, and spinal cord injury pain. Fibromyalgia may also be managed with pregabalin. These pharmaceuticals are frequently the first treatments for neuropathic pain to be tried because they have few adverse effects and are typically well tolerated. Most doctors will first recommend gabapentin, and if that doesn't work, pregabalin. Side symptoms include drowsiness, vertigo, disorientation, or swelling in the feet and legs are possible. Starting with a low dose and gradually raising it will help to reduce these negative effects.
Since many years ago, anti-seizure medications have been used to alleviate nerve pain, but if you take them, your doctor may need to check on you frequently. Your doctor might advise one of these additional anticonvulsants depending on the nature of your discomfort.
Additional anti-seizure medications include: Carbamazepine, Lamotrigine, Phenytoin, Oxcarbazepine, and Valproic Acid among the negative effects: liver injury, Nausea, Vomiting, dual perception, Inability to coordinate, Drowsiness, and Headache.
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