Fast Five Quiz: Neuropathic Pain Management

Dianna Quan, MD


March 27, 2020

With both pregabalin and gabapentin, adverse effects are dose-dependent, with the most common adverse effects being dizziness and sedation. These anticonvulsants are most effective at treating neuropathic pain characterized as paroxysmal, lancing, burning, and allodynia. Gabapentin is especially effective at treating postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. The usefulness of these agents, however, can be limited by their adverse effects. To prevent this, low doses are started, followed by very slow dose titration until pain management is achieved or dose-limiting adverse effects are reached.

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