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Medications with Side Effects of Neuropathy

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 and numbness.

This is a partial list that we have created.   If you have a question about a drug not on this list go to www.drugs.com or RXlist.com and read the possible side effects of the drug.   You also have to remember that it may not list neuropathy. It may say numbness and tingling, nerve pain, etc.

Chemo Drugs

Neuropathy

Cymbalta
Duloxetine hydrochloride
Lyrica
Neurotin
Pregabalin

Peripheral Neuropathy

Allopurinol
Aminodipinberglate
Amiodarone
Amiodipine
Amiodarone HCL
Amitriphyline
Besylate
Cordarone
Flagyl
Lipitor
Lotril
Metrogl
Metrinidosole
Metrofuranton
Metronidazole
Norvaso
Pechexiline
Vitorin
Zyloprin

By Type of Drug:

Antibiotics:

Cipro
Flagyl
Metronidazole

Anti Alcohol Drug

Disulfiram

Anti-Anxiety:

Ambian (Zolpidem)
BuSpar
Klonopin (Clonazepam)
Xanax

Anticonvulsants

Phenytoin (Dilantin)

Anti-Depressant:

Celexa (Citalopram) 
Cymbalta (Duloxetine)
Effexor (Venlafaxine)
Effexor XR
Nortriptyline
Zoloft

Anti-Seizure:

Lyrica (Pregabalin) 

Blood Pressure or Heart Medications: 

Amiodarone
Atenolol
Aceon
Altace, 
Cozaar
Hydralazine
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCT)
Hydrodiuril
Hyzaar
Lisinopril
Micardis
Norvasc
Perindopril
Perhexiline
Prazosin
Prinivil
Ramipril
Zestril

Chemotherapy Drugs

Cisplatin
Vincristine


Cholesterol Drugs:

Advicor
Altocor
Atorvastatin
Baycol
Caduet
Cerivastatin
Crestor
Fluvastatin
Lescol
Lescol XL
Lipex
Lipitor
Lipobay
Lopid
Lovastatin
Mevacor
Pravachol
Pravastatin
Pravigard Pac
Rosuvastatin
Simvastatin
Vytorin
Zocor

Dental Creams:
Zinc containing creams including Polygrip, Fixodent,
See: Creating Neuropathy with Dental Creams & Zinc Toxicity

Diabetic Drugs:

Metformin - can cause deficiency of B12 which can contribute to Neuropathy 
See Metfomin & B12  & Metformin-Induced B12 Deficiency

HIV Drugs:

Peripheral neuropathy most often caused by the "d" drugs:

d4T (Zerit)
ddC (Hivid)
ddI (Videx EC)

Other drugs that can often cause this complication:

Flagyl (metronidazole)
thalidomide
isoniazid
vincristine
dapsone

Infection fighting drugs
Metronidazole (Flagyl)
Nitrofurantoin
Thalidomide
INH (Isoniazid)

Skin condition treatment drugs
Dapsone

Statin 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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