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Neuropathic Pain (Nerve Pain) Topic Guide

Neuropathic Pain Neuropathic Pain: Neuropathic pain is chronic pain resulting from injury to the nervous system. The injury can be to the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) or the peripheral nervous system (nerves outside the brain and spinal cord). The most common symptom of nerve pain is chronic pain in the feet, and sometimes the legs and upper extremities. This chronic pain is variously described as burning, stabbing, prickling, or tingling. There are many potential causes of nerve pain. Causes include: diabetes, injury/trauma, disc herniation, kidney disease, thyroid hormone abnormality, excess growth hormone, vitamin deficiency, alcoholism, vasculitis, tumor/cancer, repetitive stress injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome, toxin exposure, prescription medications, infections, genetic causes, and small fiber neuropathy.

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citalopram (oral) Citalopram (oral)

Citalopram is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

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lamotrigine Lamotrigine

Lamotrigine is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant...learn more »

gabapentin Gabapentin

Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It affects chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures ...learn more »

venlafaxine Venlafaxine

Venlafaxine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRIs) antidepressant. Venlafaxine affects chemicals in the brain that may be un...learn more »

paroxetine Paroxetine

Paroxetine is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant.

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amitriptyline Amitriptyline

Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Amitriptyline affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression...learn more »

desipramine Desipramine

Desipramine is a tricyclic antidepressant. Desipramine affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression...learn more »

nortriptyline Nortriptyline

Nortriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Nortriptyline affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression...learn more »

phenytoin (oral) Phenytoin (oral)

Phenytoin is an anticonvulsant medication that is used to control seizures. Phenytoin does not treat all types of seizures, and your doctor will determine i...learn more »

carbamazepine (oral) Carbamazepine (oral)

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant. It works by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain...learn more »

bupropion (oral) Bupropion (oral)

Bupropion is an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder and seasonal affective disorder. The Zyban brand of bupropion is used to help ...learn more »