Anti-Seizure Drugs

Neuroleptic drugs are often prescribed to relieve the stabbing or shooting pain that sometimes accompanies nerve injury, damage or degeneration. Examples include:

  • Gabapentin (Neurontin®)
  • Topiramate (Topamax®)
  • Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Tegretol®)

These medications can cause a variety of side effects, so it is important to discuss their effects carefully with your doctor. Although it's not clear how these drugs work to relieve pain, they often provide relief when nothing else does. Because these drugs work in different ways, a combination of several may be prescribed at the same time. These drugs are not addictive. Side effects are slight and may include fatigue, dizziness or nausea.