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How do medications treat peripheral neuropathy?

Doctors use a variety of medications to treat peripheral neuropathy. Over-the-counter and prescription pain medications are sometimes given. Some doctors use anti-seizure medication, like Topamax, to treat the pain from nerve damage. Some drugs originally designed to treat depression, like Pamelor, are now used to treat peripheral neuropathy because they can alter the brain signals that make a person feel pain. Finally, topical patches containing lidocaine are sometimes prescribed for pain relief.

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