Lately I’ve been seeing more and more drug commercials about drugs that can help with neuropathic pain. I think these drugs also talk about helping fibromyalgia as well, which is very similar to diabetic neuropathic pain. I am of mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I am appreciative they are looking for something to help with the pain. I think that’s awesome. On the other hand, it’s just more medicine. Also, it just means there is a bigger demand for it as well. This means more diabetics and more people having serious pain. I’m not a fan of that.
Also, I have to admit that the medicine their advertising may or may not be what the medicine was originally made for. A lot of medicines are advertised for certain things because of the side effects. The best example for this is Rogaine. Did you know that originally Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine) was originally made as an anti-hypertensive? They found that there was a curious side effect of hair growth and voila, it was used as a hair growth alternative! I know this, because I was on Minoxidil for a year or so.
So these certain drugs are great, but we have to consider the side effects you might have. For instance, Cymbalta and Lyrica have been suggested to use for neuropathic pain and/or fibromyalgia. My neurologist had thrown that out, but he said “I wouldn’t want you to go on those meds” and my regular doctor agrees. I’m going to go ahead and say why would I need a medicine that also treats depression and other things I really don’t have? It’s all about the side effects!
You’ve really got to listen to commercials carefully. You also really need to read the fine print (this is good advice for anything!). Know what you’re putting into your body before you put it into it! If you’re really considering trying out any of these medicines, be aware! Read up on it and talk with your doctor about it. I’m not saying it’s not for you, because everyone is going to react differently. I just think you should arm yourself with some knowledge before jumping in.