The Newsletter had a very important article regarding the various drugs we are prescribed and what our doctors actually know about them. The study was done with neurologists who treat epilepsy and other nerve disorders.if they don't know, what about the other doctors who prescribe?
I suggest you discuss these medications with your doctor. Gabapentin is commonly prescribed for NP. It is also and anticonvulsant. Some do well on it and some have a lot of side effects. Mine came from a GP for shingles intense pain (a nerve pain).
Added 31 Aug 2013:
Here is an excerpt from the newsletter.
The 505 neurologists who took part in the survey between March and July 2012 were asked if they knew about several epilepsy drugs' safety risks recently identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
These risks included increased danger of suicidal thoughts or behaviors linked with some newer drugs, a high risk for birth defects and mental impairment in children of mothers taking divalproex (brand name Depakote), and the likelihood of serious hypersensitivity reactions in some Asian patients treated with carbamazepine (Tegretol).
One in five of the neurologists said they did not know about any of these risks. Neurologists who treat 200 or more epilepsy patients per year were most likely to know all the risks, according to the study, which was published online recently in the journal Epilepsy.