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Feature Article Pain medicine

Pharmacological management of neuropathic pain

Robert Helme
Neuropathic pain is caused by several conditions including trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Management should be individualised to each patient, finding a drug and dose that gives each person the best relief from their pain.
Key Points
  • Of patients with chronic pain, 10% have a neuropathic component.
  • Careful assessment of affected patients is pivotal to a correct diagnosis.
  • Management of patients with neuropathic pain is always holistic.
  • Medications only reduce pain severity and only in half of patients treated for neuropathic pain.
  • Patients with neuropathic pain should be referred to a physician in pain medicine if uncertainty pertains to observed outcomes.

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