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.
Below is a partial list that we have created. If you have a question about a listed drug or 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 neuropathy. It may say the side effect is numbness and tingling, nerve pain, paresthesia, etc.
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Anti Alcohol Drug
Blood Pressure or Heart Medications:
Peripheral neuropathy most often caused by the “d” drugs:
ddI (Videx EC)
Other drugs that can often cause this complication:
Infection fighting drugs
Skin condition treatment drugs
Statin drugs are designed to block cholesterol. However, nerve cells are made from cholesterol and thus blocking it means the breakdown of the myelin sheath which is the cause of the nerve damage which is neuropathy – see above under cholesterol drugs.
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.
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