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What is the treatment for central pain syndrome?

For those affected by central pain syndrome, pain medications often provide some reduction of pain but not complete relief of pain. Tricyclic antidepressants such as nortriptyline and anticonvulsants such as neurontin (gabapentin) can be useful. Lowering the stress level appears to reduce pain.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Treatment for central pain syndrome include:

Antiseizure medications:  Gabapentin, pregabalin, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, and lamotrigine.

Tricyclic antidepressants:  amitriptyline and nortriptyline

SSRIs or SNRIs:  venlaxafine and duloxetine 

Physical therapy, relaxation and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

In severe cases, surgical options are also available.

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