Is Your Medication Causing Neuropathy

Is Your Medication Causing Neuropathy
Posted by Dr. John

Medications with Side Effects of Neuropathy

There are many medications which have a side effect of neuropathy.  They might not even be the main cause of neuropathy, but also taking them for other reasons can increase neuropathy, or be the additional reason that a pre-existing situation can become full blown neuropathy with all its  pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms. 

 

This is a partial list that we have created.  If you have a question about a drug not on this list go to www.drugs.com and read the possible side effects of the drug. You also have to remember that it may not list it as neuropathy. It may use the neuropathy side effect such as  numbness and tingling, nerve pain, parestheia, etc.  

Antibiotics:

Cipro
Flagyl
Levaquin
Metronidazole

Anti-Anxiety:

Ambian (Zolpidem)
BuSpar

Diazepam (Valium)
Klonopin (Clonazepam)
Xanax (Alprazolam)

Lorazepam (Ativan)

 

Anticonvulsants/Antiseizure
Phenytoin (Dilantin®)

Gabapentin (Neurontin)

Lyrica (Pregabalin)

 

Anti-Depressant:

Celexa (Citalopram) 
Cymbalta (Duloxetine)
Effexor (Venlafaxine)
Effexor XR
Nortriptyline
Zoloft

 

Blood Pressure or Heart Medications: 
Amlodipine
Atenolol
Altace, 
Cozaar
Hydralazine
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT)
Lisinopril
Micardis
Norvasc
Prinivil
Ramipril
Zestril

 

Chemotherapy Drugs

Cisplatin, Oxyplatin
Vincristine, Vinblastin

Cholesterol Lowering Meds

Pravastatin (Pravachol)

Atorvastatin (Lipitor, Altoprev)

Fluvastatin (Lescol, Lescol XL)

Pitavastatin (Livalo)

Lovastatin (Mevacor, Altoprev)

Rosuvastatin (Crestor)

Simvastatin (Simcor, Vitorin, Zocor) 

 

Dental Creams:
Zinc containing creams including Polygrip, Fixodent,

Diabetic Drugs:

Metformin – can cause deficiency of B12 which can contribute to Neuropathy 

HIV Drugs:

d4T (Zerit)
ddC (Hivid)
ddI (Videx EC)

Other drugs that can often cause this complication:

Flagyl (metronidazole)
thalidomide
isoniazid
dapsone


Infection fighting drugs

Metronidazole (Flagyl®)

Nitrofurantoin

Thalidomide

INH (Isoniazid)

 

If you are taking any of these medications, and you have neuropathy, you need to speak to your doctor about getting off of them and replacing them with a natural supplement.

Minimally, your doctor should  put you on a medication that does not cause neuropathy.

If you doctor is not willing to work with you on this, you should find a doctor who will. 

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.mcvitamins.com

MANY MEDICATIONS LINKED TO NEUROPATHY

 

A study from the Mayo clinic revealed that 70% of Americans take prescription medication. with the average elderly person taking more than 5 prescription medications..  This is a problem of epidemic proportions.

 

There is a rising number of medications that either cause peripheral nerve damage or worsen nerve damage.  What’s worse is that the average doctor, including neurologists, are not aware of this.

 

It’s extremely important for you to look at the full list of side effects to see if your medication could be contributing to your neuropathy.  Remember….the side effects will not be listed as peripheral neuropathy but as burning, numbness, tingling, pins & needles, parasthesias, loss of balance and coordination.

 

If you’d like to learn more about how to recover from your peripheral neuropathy visit:  nervedoctor.info or call 210-492-0111