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Diabetic Neuropathy and its treatment

Diabetic Neuropathy and its treatment

Approximately 25% of people with diabetes develop complications in their feet. Foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, blisters and Charcot's feet are more likely to affect people with diabetes. Minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises can progress until they become severe infections or gangrenous. In worst-case scenarios, amputation of a toe or foot may be necessary.

Most of the foot problems that people with diabetes face are related to another condition called neuropathy. Among people with diabetes, most cases of neuropathy affect the peripheral nerves. The peripheral nerves are the part of the nervous system that connects the spine to the rest of the body. They are distinguished from the central nervous system (the spine and the brain). In fact, the peripheral nervous system is what connects the central nervous system to the other parts of the body, such as the organs and muscles.

People with diabetes suffer from damage to their peripheral nervous system (PNS) may encounter three different categories of problems: automatic, motor and sensory. If the PNS automatic nervous system is damaged, it may lead to trouble with heart rate, digestion and other normal functioning of the organs. Damage to the motor nervous system of the PNS may lead to a loss of strength or the inability to control movement. Damage to the sensory nervous system makes it difficult for people with diabetes to feel sensations of pain, hot or cold.

It is damage to the sensory nervous system that often results in foot related problems. Remember: pain helps us to quickly identify and avoid situations that pose a danger to our health. But you can do several things to prevent the condition from developing or from getting any worse. If you are at risk for peripheral neuropathy, avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Keep your blood sugar levels healthy. Exercise regularly to promote a healthy circulation in your feet. Protect your feet with close-toed, supportive shoes.

If peripheral neuropathy develops, regular inspections of your feet for minor injuries or deformities will need to become part of your daily routine. A podiatrist may need to treat minor conditions usually treatable at home. The good news is that vigilant attention to the feet can keep them infection and foot ulcer free for years to come. Patients with poor blood sugar control, having Diabetes for a long time, smokers and kidney disease-afflicted patients also have a high chance of suffering Diabetic Neuropathy.

Lyrica Usage

Diabetes Neuropathy medications include many drugs. Most drugs have to be given in combination to get the right effect, and still the overall benefit doesn't cover the severe side effects caused by drug-drug interactions esp. in elderly patients. In comparison, Lyrica (Pregabalin) seems to have a more positive effect in dealing with many neuropathic pains including Diabetes Neuropathy. Lyrica (Pregabalin) also allows a patient to have a peaceful sleep in various chronic pain afflictions.

Lyrica (Pregabalin) is the first FDA approved the medication for treating Diabetic Neuropathy and Post-herpetic Neuralgia.

Lyrica Dosage

Lyrica (Pregabalin) is a strict prescription medicine. Do not purchase Lyrica unless you have discussed all Lyrica benefits and associated risks. Lyrica dosage is started at 50mg - thrice/day and is increased to 300mg/day after assessing patient reaction and drug effect.

There are possible Lyrica (Pregabalin) side effects, and a patient should report anything untoward to the doctor immediately. Common Lyrica side effects include dizziness and increase in sleep. There could be weight increase, dry mouth, bloating of limbs, etc.