There are several medications for neuropathy that can help treat its painful symptoms. Certain antidepressants within what is called the tricyclic family of medications can reduce burning, stabbing, aching, and throbbing sensations of peripheral neuropathy. Some of these medications include Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline, Imipramine, and Desipramine. Duloxetine is another antidepressant approved to manage neuropathic pain related to diabetes.

Some medications typically used in epilepsy can also be effective in reducing sharp and stabbing neuropathic pain. These drugs include Tegretol, Neurontin, Lyrica, Topamax, and Lamictal.

Topical anesthetics such as lidocaine creams or capsaicin creams can provide temporary relief for pain localized to one area. The above mentioned antidepressant and anti-epileptic medications are typically considered first line treatment options for painful peripheral neuropathy. For severe pain however, narcotics such as Codeine, Oxycodone, Morphine, or Fentanyl patches may be used if the first line treatments are ineffective.

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