Despite what drug advertisements might try to convey, drugs (and supplements too) do not specifically target a particular organ or condition, but have a range of biological effects, some of which are desired and some which aren't - termed 'side effects'. Hence effective use of a drug or supplement requires that for the patient, the benefits outweigh the side effects.
One of the side effects of chemotherapy treatment and shingles is neuropathic pain, so I was interested to read this article by Maree Smith, Director, Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development and Professor of Pharmacy and Brendan Moore, Adjunct Associate Professor, both from the University of Queensland: theconversation.com/weekly-...
Ironically the article does indeed read like an advertisement as some comments have highlighted, but I hope readers appreciate after reading it, that there's a continuum of pharmacological effects from drugs/supplements and you really do need to have the guidance of someone with an understanding of both your health condition and the various effects of what you are considering taking to hopefully improve your overall health. The quote below highlights how careful observation of the pharmacological effect of the drug gabapentin, led to the development of a more specific treatment for neuropathic pain:
'Pregabalin is closely related to gabapentin, a medication developed to treat partial seizures. This is a type of epilepsy caused by a surge in nerve cell excitability in one area of the brain.
Because nerve pain and epilepsy are related by abnormal levels of nerve excitability, an American neurologist tested gabapentin on patients in the mid-1990s and found it relieved their neuropathic pain.
Pregabalin was registered by the TGA in 2005. By Acdx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY
Subsequently, pregabalin was developed as an improved version of gabapentin.'
Has anyone been prescribed Pregabalin to reduce their neuropathic pain?
Photo: I'm glad rain water tanks don't feel pain...