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What are some over-the-counter medications for nerve pain?

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Prescription drugs are often the first choice of treatment for nerve pain. But over-the-counter medication sometimes may offer relief. They include:

  • Topical painkillers like creams and ointments work as a local anesthetic, numbing the pain in the area where you apply them. Some have capsaicin, a painkiller derived from chili peppers.
  • Painkilling medicines. Familiar over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen may help with mild or occasional pain, They're often not strong enough for serious nerve pain. If you’ve take them for more than 10 days and want to continue, check with your doctor first. You may need stronger treatment.
  • Supplements and vitamins. In some cases, nerve pain can be worsened -- or even caused -- by a lack of vitamin B12. Ask your doctor if B12 injections or supplements may help.

SOURCES:

American Chronic Pain Association: "Frequently Asked Questions."

FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Diabetic Neuropathy."

Freynhagen, R. BMJ, August 2009.

Medscape Medical News: “Modest Exercise Helps Chronic Pain Patients.”

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke web site: "Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet."

National Pain Foundation web site: "Neuropathic Pain," "Using Complementary Therapy," “Living with Pain – Reaping the Benefits of Exercise.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site.

Natural Standard web site.

Weill Cornell Medical College web site: "Neuropathic Pain."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 25, 2020

SOURCES:

American Chronic Pain Association: "Frequently Asked Questions."

FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Diabetic Neuropathy."

Freynhagen, R. BMJ, August 2009.

Medscape Medical News: “Modest Exercise Helps Chronic Pain Patients.”

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke web site: "Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet."

National Pain Foundation web site: "Neuropathic Pain," "Using Complementary Therapy," “Living with Pain – Reaping the Benefits of Exercise.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site.

Natural Standard web site.

Weill Cornell Medical College web site: "Neuropathic Pain."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 25, 2020

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