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Are Gabapentin, Lyrica, and Duloxetine only treat current symptoms or also prevent further nerve damage?

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Posted on Tue, 10 Jul 2018
Question: I have questions concerning neuropathy drugs, Gabapentin, Lyrica, Duloxetine

Side effects, sleepy and low energy, and do drugs prevent further nerve damage, or just treat current problems? Thank you. I am 93. Are these three drugs safe for use No habit forming, etc.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (51 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
not considered habit forming medication

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

All three can cause drowsiness , fatigue and low energy. There are also additional side effects that may or may not occur.
Side effects do not occur in all persons

Gabapentin can also cause additional effects including-dizziness, loss of balance, tremor, double vision.
Lyrica can cause dizziness, loss of balance,weight gain, tremor, blurred or double vision.
Duloxetine can cause nausea, headache, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping.

They do not prevent further damage but decrease the symptoms that occur because of the damage that is already there. They treat the current symptoms.

They are not considered habit forming medications.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Are Gabapentin, Lyrica, and Duloxetine only treat current symptoms or also prevent further nerve damage?

Brief Answer: not considered habit forming medication Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic All three can cause drowsiness , fatigue and low energy. There are also additional side effects that may or may not occur. Side effects do not occur in all persons Gabapentin can also cause additional effects including-dizziness, loss of balance, tremor, double vision. Lyrica can cause dizziness, loss of balance,weight gain, tremor, blurred or double vision. Duloxetine can cause nausea, headache, dry mouth, difficulty sleeping. They do not prevent further damage but decrease the symptoms that occur because of the damage that is already there. They treat the current symptoms. They are not considered habit forming medications. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions