19. Are There any Medications that may Cause Peripheral Neuropathy?

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Peripheral neuropathy may be an unwanted side effect of many medications.

When I interview a patient, who is complaining about numbness, tingling, or burning in their feet and legs, I always ask if these symptoms started after the patient began taking a new medication.  If there is a correlation between when the new medication was started and when the symptoms first occurred, especially if that medication is known to cause peripheral neuropathy, I recommend the patient consult with the doctor who prescribed the medication and see if there is an alternative medication that can be used.  Never stop taking a medication without consulting with your doctor.

Some medications that may cause peripheral neuropathy are the following:

Statin medications used to lower cholesterol: Atorvastatin, Pitavastatin, Lovastatin, Simvastatin, Pravastatin, Fluvastatin, Rosuvastatin

Heart or blood pressure medications: Amiodarone, Hydralazine, Perhexiline, Procainamide

Medications used to fight cancer: Cisplatin, Docetaxel, Paclitaxel, Suramin, Vincristine, Vinblastine, Procarbazine, Oxaliplatin, Misonidazole, Lenalidomide, Infliximab, Bortezombid, Carbolplatin, Cytarabine

Medications used for infections: Ciprofloxin, Levofloxin, Gemifloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin Dapsone, Isoniazid (INH), Metronidazole, Nitrofurantoin, Thalidomide, Hydroxychloroquin, Ethambutol, Chloramphenicol, Chloroquine 

Medications used to treat autoimmune disease: Etanercept, Infliximab, Leflunomide, Thalidomide

Medications used to treat seizures: Carbamazepine, Phenytoin, Phenobarbital

Medications used to treat alcohol abuse: Disulfiram

Medications used to treat HIV/AIDS disease: Didanosine, Emtricitabine, Stavudine, Tenofovir, Emtricitabine, Zalcitabine 

Other medications: Colchicine (used to treat gout), Arsenic, Gold

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, in high doses may cause peripheral neuropathy…a safe dose is 20 mg a day or less.

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