Anticonvulsants for Chronic Pain

Anticonvulsants for Chronic Pain

This Blog Talks About….

  • Anticonvulsants are usually prescribed to control seizures for individuals with epilepsy, a condition that disrupts nerve cell activity in the brain.
  • Physicians discovered anticonvulsants can help alleviate chronic pain for those with certain neurological pain conditions.
  • The team at American Spine explains how anticonvulsants help control chronic pain in individuals.

Anticonvulsants have been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use for certain pain conditions, specifically:  

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Shingles
  • Migraine headaches
  • Central Pain Syndromes i.e. post stroke pain, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries

The majority of these pain conditions have one thing in common: they are all related to the central nervous system in some capacity. Researchers found anticonvulsants seem to work best for certain nerve pain conditions, which shouldn’t come as a total surprise considering the purpose of an anticonvulsant is to control nerve activity affecting the brain.

Cigna, a global health insurance company, published information on how well anticonvulsants work for certain pain conditions. Because the company discusses specific prescription medications, you can view their findings on their website here:

Although these medications are effective in controlling chronic pain, there are common, temporary side effects patients need to be made aware of, some of which include: dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue. Please consult your American Spine pain management specialist if you experience any of the following:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Confusion
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Swollen Feet
  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Skin rash

Talk to the team at American Spine about the benefits and possible risks involved in anticonvulsants for chronic pain.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.