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Is citalopram a good treatment for trigeminal neuralgia

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience Family Medicine
No: To my knowledge, the serotonin reuptake inhibitors (like celexa) is not really used to treat tn. First line treatment is tegretol and second line tre ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Meds, surgery: Patients are treated with medications first. Glycerol injections or radio frequency ablation can help. In patients whose MRI scans show a blood vessel ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Benglis
16 years experience Neurosurgery
Trigeminal neuralgia: Yes, nonsurgical with medications, minimally invasive or radiation versus open surgery. All have pluses and minuses. See a neurosurgeon.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
28 years experience Anesthesiology
Varies: Carbamazepine used to be the main agent in treatment of trigeminal neuralgia years ago. We now have a multitude of anti-neuropathic agents with bette ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hal Blatman
40 years experience Pain Management
Difficult: Trigeminal neuralgia is what conventional medicine calls unusual and severe face pain. Contrary to this idea is that the pain is myofascial, not neura ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
34 years experience Pain Management
Depends which Dr.: Many drs rely only on pain meds to control trigeminal neuralgia.Some use surgery to cushion a nerve.More recently (though little known) neuroprolother ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Acupuncture can be a safe and effective approach to treating trigeminal neuralgia.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many causes & Rx's: Trigeminl neuralgia has many causes- sometimes something pressing on the nerve, illnesses like MS & Lyme Disease etc. Standard treatment is variou ... Read More
A 73-year-old member asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Legitimate concerns: Your concerns would be best addressed by the doc performing procedure. Timing will be critical as well for the procedure as you suggested.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Kozminski
15 years experience Neurology
Maybe: First things first, see a dentist and make sure that it is not from a dental issue.
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