Peripheral Neuropathy Medical Journal

A popularly used drug for nerve pain may not work Popular Nerve Pain Medicine Has Little Effect On Back Pain. Sonja Elmquist writing in Bloomberg News reported that Pfizer Inc.’s bestselling drug, Lyrica pregabalin, didn’t help patients with the most common cause of back pain, severe lumbar spinal stenosis, any more than a placebo in a small study. The study’s findings, published in the journal Neurology, casts doubt on the potential for doctors to expand the medication’s use. The FDA has not approved the drug’s use for spinal stenosis, but Lyrica and similar medicines are often used to treat lower back pain.

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