Feel Comfortable if Orders Instruct Nurses to Cut Lidocaine Patches

We're getting questions about treating neuropathic or "nerve" pain...caused by diabetes, shingles, and other conditions.

Treating neuropathic pain is tricky. Meds only reduce pain by 30% to 50%. Plus, treatment often requires a "trial and error" of meds or med combos to find the most effective regimen.

"Tricyclic" antidepressants (amitriptyline, desipramine, etc) are often tried first.

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