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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  • Antidepressant > Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)

    • Cymbalta
      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.Will Cymbalta work for you?

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Extended release
  • Antidepressant > Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)

    • Elavil
      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.Will Elavil work for you?

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      • Pill
  • Anticonvulsant > GABA analog

    • Lyrica
      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
    • Neurontin
      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

Local anesthetic

  • 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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    • Cream, gel, or ointment
    • Jelly
    • Spray
    • Topical solution
    • Patch
  • Anti-diabetic > Insulin

Medication side effects for Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)

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  • Lyrica: 2%
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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?
  • alpha lapoic acid along with vitamins B12 & B6 seem to help
  • can cymbalta be taken with lyrica
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Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • compression stockings at night helps me sleep
  • Neuragen foot cream