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Pharmacological management of neuropathic pain

Robert Helme

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Abstract

Neuropathic pain is caused by several conditions including trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Management should be individualised to each patient, finding a drug and dose that gives each person the best relief from their pain.

Key Points

  • Of patients with chronic pain, 10% have a neuropathic component.
  • Careful assessment of affected patients is pivotal to a correct diagnosis.
  • Management of patients with neuropathic pain is always holistic.
  • Medications only reduce pain severity and only in half of patients treated for neuropathic pain.
  • Patients with neuropathic pain should be referred to a physician in pain medicine if uncertainty pertains to observed outcomes.

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