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Flupirtine maleate: the drug that I use SOS for pain management

I have been prescribed various drugs over the years for pain management.
Tramadol and methadone were the initial 2 drugs that were prescribed but they had horrible side effects which included electric shocks and I had to discontinue.

Then I had got opium with belladonna suppositories which really helped while I was in the United States but in India they were considered as illegal so I had to stop the usage.

Fortunately there was another drug which is prescribed in India but was not available in the United States. Flupirtine maleate marketed under the name of Snepdol 100 mg is what I take. The added benefit is that it does not seem to have any effect on the stomach. Of course I tried to keep the usage to the minimum. And of course it never makes the pain go away completely. It merely takes the edge off so that at least I can lie in peace for a few minutes. The Wikipedia page at says that the European Union discontinued its usage in 2013 because of bad effects on the liver.

I have been prescribed NSAID like Etoricoxib but they never helped. For me along with the combination of drugs, various electrical physiotherapy equipment like tens unit, ultrasound help keep to manage pain.

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