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Neuralgia - drugs for peripheral neuritis secondary to radiation for prostratic cancer?

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robo 13 Aug 2009

Peripheral neuritis (peripheral neuropathy) is a problem with the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal cord. This can produce pain, loss of sensation, and an inability to control muscles.

There are numerous reasons for nerves to malfunction including cancer and cancer treatments. For more information please see https://www.drugs.com/enc/peripheral-neuropathy.html

Treatment of peripheral neuritis involves:

* Identifying and treating any underlying medical problem
* Controlling symptoms
* Curing the disorder, if possible
* Helping the patient gain maximum independence and self-care ability

Neuropathic pain is often difficult to control. Mild pain may sometimes be alleviated by analgesics sold over the counter. Several classes of drugs have recently proved helpful to many patients suffering from more severe forms of chronic neuropathic pain. These include mexiletine, a drug developed to correct irregular heart rhythms (sometimes associated with severe side effects); several antiepileptic drugs, including gabapentin, phenytoin, carbamazepine and pregabalin; and some classes of antidepressants, including tricyclics such as amitriptyline and SNRIs such as duloxetine. Injections of local anesthetics such as lidocaine or topical patches containing lidocaine may relieve more intractable pain.

You will find excellent information on the Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet at http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm

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