Summary of NICE guidance for Neuropathic pain, pharmacological management

Karoline Brennan, Senior Medicines Information Pharmacist, North West Medicines Information CentreSource North West Medicines Information CentrePublished

Since this edition of NICE Bites was published, NICE has updated its recommendations on pharmacological treatment of sciatica, notes changes in the law regarding pregalin and gabapentin, sciatica and added warnings that valproate must not be used in pregnancy. Please go to NICE for details and to check for any further updates to this guideline.

NICE Bites is a monthly bulletin which summarises key prescribing points from NICE guidance. NICE Bites No 59, December 2013 includes one topic: Neuropathic pain, pharmacological management (NICE CG173). Sections covered include: key principles of care, trigeminal neuralgia and pharmacological treatment (amitriptyline, duloxetine, gabapentin, pregabalin)