The class of drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants are known to have pain relieving effects in some people at low doses relative to the usual for depression. I tried nortriptyline and it did reduce the pain. I had a weird side effect though (anything sweet tasted bad), so I switched to gabapentin.
Dick S is correct: gabapentin and Lyrica (pregabalin) are very similar drugs structurally. However, they do have different effects in people, so if one does not work; works, but not well; or has noticeable side effects, it makes sense to try the other.
My doc has me taking nortriptyline for pain at night and to help me sleep.
I think it is used as an anti depressent but I don’t care as long as it takes away pain and help me sleep.
Yes I still do have nights that I am in pain but it does help quite a lot!
Rhonda from Canada