Nerve Pain Medication
Nerve pain medication is a way to manage the burning, stabbing or shooting sensation that can come from nerve damage. This condition can be an excruciating and disabling experience that negatively impacts quality of life.
The most successful treatments for neuropathic pain are medications that target the source of discomfort. These drugs often work together with physical therapy and counseling to help patients cope with their condition.
Nonopioid pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen can provide temporary relief of mild to moderate nerve pain when taken orally or in a gel form.
Opioids such as codeine, morphine and tramadol can provide fast relief from intense nerve pain. Unfortunately, they also cause constipation, stomach upset and sedation; these side effects increase the likelihood of developing opioid use disorder – when someone becomes physically dependent on these drugs and requires higher dosages in order to achieve similar effects.
Anticonvulsants such as pregabalin, gabapentin and carbamazepine may provide temporary relief of neuropathic pain. Although originally developed to control seizures in people with epilepsy, these drugs may now also soothe nerve damage caused by pregabalin or gabapentin administration.
For those suffering from nerve pain, injections may be an option. Adjunctive analgesics, commonly referred to as adjuvant analgesics, can reduce discomfort by altering how nerves process sensations.
Electrotherapy can be effective for relieving nerve pain. Certain forms of electrotherapy involve small devices that send a mild electric current through your skin – TENS and PENS being two popular examples.