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AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

...benefit of smoking marijuana (see fact sheet 731 ) to relieve PN pain. Drug treatments: No drug has been approved to repair nerve damage. Some health care providers use drugs developed to treat seizures, such as gabapentin (Neurontin) or phenytoin (Dilantin). Antidepressants such as amitriptyline may also help. L-acetyl-carnitine (also called acetyl-l-carnitine or acetyl carnitine) has shown initial good results. Treatments depend on how...
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Hi Dr, my husband has aids, was diagnosed last sept. For the last couple of months he has had a pins and needles feeling in his legs and sometimes can't feel them. It was only very recently that we heard of neuropathy, he is going to see a...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...Neuropathy is a common problem for folks with HIV disease. The incidence is greatest in people with very depressed immune systems (such Read more »


I am having a lot of trouble with peripheral neuropathy and my doctor is treating me with elavil. However, I don't seem to notice much relief. Is there another or perhaps better treatment for my problem?
John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Response from John A. Bartlett, M.D.

Duke University Medical Center
...HIV itself. Amitriptyline, or Elavil, is a commonly employed treatment for neuropathy. Other drugs which can help include Neurontin and lamotrigine. Nerve growth factor is also being evaluated as treatment. Good luck! Read more »

Neuropathy? On NNRTI Regimen

I was on Zerit, VIDEX and Sustiva (I think the Sustiva was in this regimen) for about 2 years and BOY did I get the Lipodystrophy (sp)! Cheeks sunken, legs and arms and chest skinny. After 2 yrs I was switched to Combivir and Sustiva which I've been...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...your first treatment regimen. It's clear now that d4T (Zerit)combined with ddI (Videx) causes an increased rate of peripheral neuropathy. Moreover, d4T causes an increased rate of lipoatrophy (aka lipodystrophy). Together, it made sense to... Read more »

Skin sensitivity

I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes Type II and I have been HIV+ for several years. My doctor gave me DDC, DDI, IDV and RTV. I developed severe neuropathy and a very painful overall skin sensitivity. I stopped all of my meds and I am currently...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
...dermatologist to verify that there are no skin diseases that are being missed, and if there are none, then I would consider a trial of neurontin and an analgesic (starting with ibuprofen and increasing the strength of the pain medication as... Read more »
The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents What Is Peripheral Neuropathy? What Causes PN? Who Is at Risk of Developing PN? How Do You Know if You Have PN? PN Treatments Finding Support Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Understanding and Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

...placebo. Studies of duloxetine for pain management of HIV-associated neuropathy are underway. Anticonvulsants Gabapentin (Neurontin or generic equivalents) was originally developed to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy, but it has been... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Peripheral Neuropathy

...although they won't eliminate numbness: Neurontin (gabapentin) is usually the first-line therapy since it often works better for neuropathic pain than other possible meds. For pain that mostly occurs at night -- the standard recommendation is... Read more »
Project Inform

Peripheral Neuropathy

...often to treat other conditions like PN, and studies show some success in controlling its pain. Several drugs are used for PN: Neurontin (gabapentin), Dilantin (phenytoin), Tegretol (carbamazepine) and Lamictal (lamotrigine), among others. You... Read more »
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Posted by lindaluv51, 1 Reply
...I'm experiencing some very annoying burning pain in feet from hiv doctor prescribed Neurontin..when taking this med it makes me feel kinda "weird" or "goofy".. hard to expain..but I was Read more »


Posted by ScotCharles, 7 Replies
...I have developed very bad neuropathy in my left foot that makes it difficult to walk without a cane. Several times recently, I have lost all strength on the left Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Anyone out there suffering from neuropathy in the legs & feet? Give me some solutions as to what helps? Thanks a million. Read more »

chili pepper good for neuropathy

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I read that peppers are good for neuropathy, are there any other things that help with it, it is bad in my heels of my feet and legs. Read more »