09-11-2006, 07:10 AM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Great Lakes
Good for you, Rose...for putting your info on Google!
Here is a copy of a list I made in the past:
I have a new link HERE about medications as well:
1) OTC--vitamins/nutrient interventions
Known to help:
B12 at least 1mg (1000mcg) per day (methylcobalamin preferred) but some do better on 5mg.
Thiamine (B1) at least 200mg/day..but some here have used 500mg/day in divided doses. This is inexpensive and benign. Especially useful if you drink, used to drink or have alcoholism genes in the family tree. If you use diuretics for blood pressure, you deplete thiamine so supplements are a must then.
Omega-3 fatty acids... fish oil especially at least 2grm per day, and more if you choose. Help to maintain the myelin of the nerves and support the nerve membranes/action during transmission. Works in conjunction with B12.
Alpha Lipoic acid... this can be found now in the R- version, and can be used in lower doses because the R is more effective. Most ALA therapies use high dose-- and this can be expensive. ALA also can affect blood sugar--lowers it-- so be careful if you are a diabetic on medication.
Acetyl-l-carnitine is also useful...but large doses of a gram a day or more may be needed. This is expensive as well.
Inositol is newly being looked at specifically for diabetic neuropathies. Diabetics lose alot of this B-relative thru the urine for some unknown reason, and supplementing with it restores lost functions. You need at least 1gram a day--but this is inexpensive --if purchased from iherb in powder form-- mixes tastelessly into juice. D-chiro-inositol is being trialed as a drug to patent for this purpose, presently.
P5P--pyridoxal-5-phospate is the active form of B6 and helps with nerve issues and supports B12 metabolism-- 50mg/day typical
Folic acid or the new methylfolate-- Ditto 800mcg/day typical
Magnesium--- for those with poor diets who do not get this valuable mineral from foods-- and who are depleted by certain drugs like hormones, diuretics, some antibiotics and hormone replacement therapies. 200-300mg of elemental magnesium per day typical.
Chromium to improve carbohydrate metabolism/insulin actions max 200mcg/day
Zinc and selenium to enhance thyroid hormone T4 conversion in tissues.
Zinc=up to 30mg/day selenium max 200mcg/day Some drugs deplete zinc, esp ACE inhibitors used for blood pressure
Antioxidants to quench free radical damage to nerves/fatty tissue--
green tea/yerba mate/ grapeseed extract/ Vits A C and E, curcumin
Bcomplex.... in general the other B's have separate functions, so using them is a good idea. B2 for example activates conversion of pyridoxine in the body if you do not use P5P.
2) Drugs used:
Drugs for PN...
AEDs (anti-seizure drugs)
Tegretol/Trileptal both drugs are cousins and similar in action
Topamax --hard to tolerate
Prescription Vitamin preparations
Mentax (the newest and best--- methylfolate, P5P, and methylcobalamin)
Elavil (amitriptyline)-- a tricyclic
Pamelor (nortriptyline)-- a tricyclic
Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Zoloft, Paxil --- SSRIs
Effexor, Cymbalta -- some norepinephrine reuptake actions
Desyrel (trazadone) mostly for sleep issues
Morphine (Avinza, MsContin, Kadian)
Duragesic patches (fentanyl)
Vicodin, Lortab Norco (hydrocodone with tylenol)
Codeine (Tylenol with Codeine)
NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, naproxen, Celebrex, Indocin)
AlkaSeltzer (with aspirin)
Anti-diabetic drugs for insulin resistance or type II diabetes
Benzodiazepines (AntiAnxiety/muscle relaxant)
Valium (diazepam) Valium and Klonopin are the most commonly used for muscle issues/ and also have some anti-seizure effects
Lidoderm patches-- these are very nice if placed properly
Emla cream (now called LMX 5%)
compounded ointments with Ketamine/clonidine/ketoprofen/gabapentin etc
Biofreeze (this is very cooling, and also anti-inflammatory)
Capsacin cream (most people cannot tolerate the burning from this, but others like it)
Muscle relaxants (non benzo)
Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)-- most commonly tried
Soma (carisoprol)-- abusable
Robaxin -- old timer not used much anymore
Skelaxin-- very sedating, and often used for resistant patients who don't respond well
Baclofen (Lioresal)--mostly for spasticity issues
Dopamine agonists (for restless legs/movement disorder)
Stadol nasal-- very abusable
levothyroxine--T4 (for thyroid replacement-- if low), liothyronine (T3)
antihistamines for skin burning (Benadryl/Claritin/Zyrtec/Atarax/Allegra) Benadryl and Claritin are OTC
Singulair (leukotriene B4 antagonist for allergic issues)
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Last edited by mrsD; 08-30-2012 at 12:40 PM.
Reason: updating old broken link, adding new one