Questions to ask about drug treatments for neuropathic pain

Questions to ask about drug treatments for neuropathic pain

  • What is causing the pain?

  • Can you tell me more about neuropathic pain?

  • What is trigeminal neuralgia?

  • What can I do to manage the pain?

  • Can you tell me why you have decided to offer me this particular type of treatment?

  • Why are you offering me an antidepressant (or an anti-epileptic drug) for my neuropathic pain?

  • Can you tell me more about off-label (unlicensed) drugs?

  • What are the possible benefits and risks of taking this particular drug?

  • What sort of improvements might I expect in my symptoms and everyday life?

  • When should I take my medication?

  • When should I start to feel better, and what should I do if I don't start to feel better by then?

  • What are the possible side effects, and what should I do if I get any of these?

  • Why is the dose being increased (or decreased)?

  • How long will I need to take the medication for?

  • Might I have problems when I stop taking the medication?

  • What should I do if the pain becomes unbearable?

  • What other options are available for me, apart from drugs?

  • When will my next appointment with you be?

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