Dear Dr. SerVaas,
I am not diabetic but have a bad case of neuropathy. Gabapentin is not helping me. Are there other medications to relieve this discomfort? Your medical column is most helpful and informative. I look forward to each issue.
We recently received a letter from Post reader Mrs. J. V. Moore of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who writes that her neuropathy “feels like 1,000 bees stinging. After a stroke triggered the pain in 2005, her neurologist prescribed Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride), a drug first approved for treating depression and now used for some cases of peripheral neuropathy. She reports that taking one capsule daily certainly makes her life more comfortable. Lyrica (pregabalin) may be another drug option for you and your doctor to consider.
According to the Physicians’
Desk Reference (PDR), people should take Lyrica at about the same time every day.