The pros and cons of prescription medications versus neuropathy supplements

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Neuropathy, usually known as Peripheral Neuropathy, is a degenerative nerve disease or damage to the nerves in the peripheral nervous system (usually the arms and legs).

Degenerative means it gradually gets worse instead of better. Neuropathy is marked by shooting pains or burning sensations.

There is often numbness, tingling, and weakness associated with it. It can be caused by physical injuries such as car accidents, falling, or repeated impacts during sports.

Infections, toxins, drugs, and vitamin deficiency can also cause or contribute to Neuropathy. In a small percentage of cases, it was caused by chemotherapy to defeat cancer. In other words, the cure for one disease caused another.

Once you have Peripheral Neuropathy in your arms, legs, feet, hands, etc., it can’t be reversed, but it can be stopped where it is and prevented from going any further.

First and foremost, you need to lead a healthy lifestyle including plenty of exercise, balanced diet, and vitamins and supplements.

Prescriptions vs Supplements

Depending how advanced the symptoms are, you may have to consider whether to treat them with prescription medicines or just with supplements.

You might consider a combination of the two. We’re not doctors, but let’s take a quick look at the known risks and benefits of each then we’ll wrap it all up at the end.


There are numerous prescription medications used to treat Peripheral Neuropathy. Since they are prescriptions, you’ll have to be diagnosed by doctor who will then prescribe them for you.

They will only be available for purchase at a pharmacy. If anyone offers you a medication that doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription or is available over the counter, it isn’t an actual prescription and you should be extremely cautious about the person offering it to you and their motives.

Some of the more well known prescription medications for treating Peripheral Neuropathy are Carbamazepine, Duloxetine, Gabapentin, Levocarnitine, and Pregabalin.

There are many others besides these. Don’t bother trying to pronounce them, you’ll just sound like you’re gargling with rocks…
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