Neuroleptic drugs are often prescribed to help patients with nerve type pain (which typically shows as leg pain) and for patients who have neuropathy (degeneration of the nerves). These drugs can also be helpful for patients who have continued leg pain after surgery.
In This Article:
- Medications for Back Pain and Neck Pain
- Acetaminophen for Back Pain
- Narcotic Pain Medications
- Muscle Relaxants
- Oral Steroids
- Ultram Pain Reliever
- NSAIDs: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Potential Risks and Complications of NSAIDs
- Types of NSAIDs
- Anti-Seizure Medications (Neuroleptic Drugs)
- Alcohol Avoidance
- Medications for Back Pain Video
While it is not well understood why they help relieve pain, patients may take neuroleptic drugs safely for prolonged periods of time. They are not addictive and are well tolerated by most patients. As an example of a neuroleptic medication, gabapentin (e.g. Neurontin) is commonly prescribed in dosages of 300-400 mg taken three times daily. Side effects may include fatigue, dizziness, or nausea.