Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Pain Medicines for Diabetic Neuropathy
Medicines used to relieve pain caused by damage from
diabetes to the nerves that supply sensation and touch
(peripheral neuropathy) may include:
If you begin taking an antidepressant or an anticonvulsant medicine for pain, it may take several
weeks to see whether it is working. The dose may have to be adjusted more
than once to find the best balance between pain relief and medicine side
No matter what you or your doctor try, you may not be
pain-free. Your doctor may recommend using two or more drugs together to
control your pain best. Be clear with your doctor about what is working and
what is not. Together you and your doctor can find the best combination of
medicine and other treatments to help you the most.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.