Would any of the products advertised for neuropathic diabetic pain help with neuropathy due to MS?
Yes, many of the treatments for pain related to diabetic neuropathy are effective for the painful sensations experienced by MS patients. This includes anticonvulsant class medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin (Lyrica), carbamezipine and topical anesthetic agents such as lidocaine patches. I have had less success with capsaicin cream products and the antidepressant class medications (e.g. amitriptyline, cymbalta) although I still use the latter medications in selected patients.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the UCSD Multiple Sclerosis Center
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