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Consumer Reports' Analysis: Drugs for Nerve Pain, Fibromyalgia Effective, But Not Always Best
Date:9/5/2007

lable as lower-cost generics, too.

Taking cost, dosing convenience, and the evidence for effectiveness and adverse effects into consideration, the report chooses the following drugs as Best Buys:

-- Generic carbamazepine -- for treating the mania phase of bipolar disorder or trigeminal neuralgia, a type of nerve pain that affects facial nerves

-- Generic valproic acid -- for treating the mania phase of bipolar disorder

-- Lamotrigine (Lamictal) -- for treating both the mania and depressive phases of bipolar disorder

-- Generic gabapentin -- for treating the nerve pain associated with diabetes or herpes zoster infection (shingles)

-- Pregabalin (Lyrica) -- for treating the nerve pain associated with diabetes or herpes zoster infection (shingles)

The anticonvulsant report is the 19th in a series helping consumers find effective and safe medicines that give them the most value for their health-care dollar. Other reports compare medicines to treat depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, heartburn, high cholesterol, heart disease, asthma, allergies, and overactive bladder.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs(TM) combines a review of the scientific evidence on the effectiveness and safety of medicines with pricing information. Every report is peer-reviewed by medical experts. The project is independently administered by Consumers Union and Consumer Reports with support from the Engelberg Foundation, a private philanthropy, and the National Library of Medicine.


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