Heart Medicine Helps Neuropathy

| Jan 1, 1998

New research shows that mexiletine, long used for cardiac arrhythmia, can help reduce the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy.

It has been known for some time that tight glycemic control can lessen the pain, and reverse other manifestations of diabetic neuropathy. But aside from this option, managing painful diabetic neuropathy has been difficult. Traditional pain-relieving therapy is rarely effective, and evaluating different therapeutic options is complicated by a lack of objective measurements.

However, the current work of Per Oskarsson, MD, Jan-Gustaf Ljunggren, MD, PhD, et al. published in October's Diabetes Care, shows that patients had decreased nighttime pain and less disturbed sleep after taking 675 mg of mexiletine per day.

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Categories: Diabetes, Heart Care & Heart Disease, Nerve Care (Neuropathy)


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Posted by Anonymous on 6 October 2008

new doctor has put me on vitamin b12 shot. this has improved my neurophy considerably.
some people cannot absorb b12 from food. diabetics do a search on b12 and read.

Posted by Anonymous on 27 November 2008

MY DAUGHTER SUFFERS DAILY WITH BURNING NEUROPHY PAIN IN HANDS AND FEET. SHE SAYS IT'S LIKE PUTTING YOU HAND ON A HOT IRON.

SHE IS N-O-T DIABETIC.

HELP.....ANY THING THAT WILL GIVE HER RELIEF WOULD BE TRULY APPRECIATED.


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