... trigeminal neuralgia and RLS. My problem, I have just lost my health insurance and cannot afford full price. I don't want to stop taking it. Is there a similar drug? any other suggestions?
Anticonvulsants are a common treatment strategy for trigeminal neuralgia. Carbamazepine is the first line drug; second line drugs include baclofen, lamotrigine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, gabapentin, and sodium valproate. Uncontrolled trials have suggested that clonazepam and lidocaine may be effective.
Low doses of some antidepressants such as amitriptyline are thought to be effective in treating neuropathic pain, but a tremendous amount of controversy exists on this topic, and their use is often limited to treating the depression that is associated with chronic pain, rather than the actual sensation of pain from the trigeminal nerve. Antidepressants are also used to counteract a medication side effect.
Please do not change your medication without seeking the advice of a doc. Take care, be safe & well.
If you no longer have insurance and are low income, you may qualify for the patient assistance program from the manufacturer of Cymbalta which is Lilly and can be reached at 1 800 LillyRx. Just ask for the patient assistance program.
Good luck and hope this helps,
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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