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Multiple Sclerosis: Pain Medicines
Pain is a frequent problem for people who have multiple sclerosis (MS). Medicines that may be used to bring relief include:
- Nonprescription pain relievers. These include acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), ibuprofen (such as Advil), and naproxen (such as Aleve).
- Amitriptyline, imipramine (Tofranil), or nortriptyline (Pamelor), for burning sensations.
- Carbamazepine (Tegretol).
- Gabapentin (Neurontin). This drug may also help relieve muscle stiffness and tightness (spasticity).
- Phenytoin (Dilantin).
- Pregabalin (Lyrica).
Pain that does not respond to these medicines can sometimes be treated with an injection of long-acting anesthetic.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology|
|Last Revised||February 15, 2012|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: February 15, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
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