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Periphreal neuropathy and alcohol
Nov 12, 2009

Doctor: I hear alcohol can cause periphreal neuropathy, but why is that.? If you catch it in time (numb toes for instance) can it go away? Can pills cause it too, like ambien taken over a long period?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Alcohol is a neurotoxin in general and can also damage brain cells. It also causes significant liver disease.

Yes certain medications can cause it like stavudine (d4T) and isoniazid...Patients on isoniazid take vitamins to prevent this.

You should also have testing for B12 to be certain that there are no other causes for neuropathy.



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