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Nerve pain medication

Nerve pain is also called neuropathic pain. It can be caused by a number of conditions. Sometimes the cause is not known.

There are many treatments for nerve pain. You can use medicines and complementary therapies to relieve nerve pain.

Sometimes the pain can be treated directly if the cause is known. Managing the cause, if it is known, may reduce the pain.

You can use over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers. Exercise, acupuncture and relaxation techniques can help.

Types of nerve pain medicines

There are many different types of medicines used to help ease nerve pain. You might need to work with your doctor and try a few different ones before you find the one that works best.

The most simple ones include:

Your doctor may prescribe other medicines to ease nerve pain. Some of these medicines are also used in other conditions. They include:

Local anaesthetics (for example lignocaine cream or patches) and capsaicin cream can help with some types of nerve pain.

Important information about nerve pain medication

All medicines can have side effects.

You can ask your doctor or pharmacist about:

  • the side effects of your nerve pain medicines
  • the benefits
  • what to do if you miss a dose
  • what to do if you experience side effects.

Talk to your doctor if you feel unwell when taking your medicines.

Do not stop or change your medicines without talking to your doctor.

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Last reviewed: February 2016

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