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 i s a partial list that we have created. If you have a question about the listed drugs 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 it as neuropathy. It may use the neuropathy side effect such as numbness and tingling, nerve pain, paresthesia, etc. etc.
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By Type of Drug:
Anti Alcohol Drug
Blood Pressure or Heart Medications:
also Chemo Drugs
Zinc containing creams including Polygrip, Fixodent,
See: Creating Neuropathy with Dental Creams & Zinc Toxicity
Metformin – can cause deficiency of B12 which can contribute to Neuropathy
See Metformin & B12 & Metformin-Induced B12 Deficiency
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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