Nervous system disorders

Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)

About Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)

If you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Over time, this can damage the covering on your nerves or the blood vessels that bring oxygen to your nerves. Damaged nerves may stop sending messages, or may send messages slowly or at the wrong times.

This damage is called diabetic neuropathy. Over half of people with diabetes get it.

Top Medications for Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) according to our users

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  • Cymbalta
    (duloxetine)
    Prescription only

    Cymbalta (Duloxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, and may help with chronic pain. More likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink or have high blood pressure.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
  • Lyrica
    (pregabalin)
    Prescription only

    Lyrica (Pregabalin) works well as an add-on medicine for seizures and fibromyalgia, but it's especially effective for nerve-related pain after shingles. Not available as a generic, so it might be expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • Nucynta
    (tapentadol)
    Prescription only

    Nucynta (tapentadol) is a good option to treat pain and may be more tolerable than other opioid pain medications.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Elavil
    (amitriptyline)
    Prescription only

    Elavil (Amitriptyline) is an older antidepressant that's sometimes used to treat pain and sleep problems, but it can have more side effects than similar medications.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Lidocaine
    Prescription only

    Lidoderm (Lidocaine) patches work well by releasing a local anesthetic into the skin and relieving pain by targeting damaged nerves.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Jelly
    • Spray
    • Topical solution
    • Patch
  • Neurontin
    (gabapentin)
    Prescription only

    Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that's now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
  • Topamax
    (topiramate)
    Prescription only

    Qudexy Xr (Topiramate) is useful for preventing seizures and migraines, and doesn't require blood tests while you're on it.

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    Women
    50%
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release capsule
  • Humalog
    (insulin lispro)
    Prescription only

    Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Levemir
    (insulin detemir)
    Prescription only

    Levemir is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Novolog
    (insulin aspart)
    Prescription only

    Novolog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection

Medication side effects for Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)

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  • Lyrica: 8%
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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • can cymbalta be taken with lyrica
  • alpha lapoic acid along with vitamins B12 & B6 seem to help
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Neuragen foot cream
  • compression stockings at night helps me sleep