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What painkillers are helpful for trigeminal neuralgia

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Several: The common medications used are: neurontin, (gabapentin) trileptal, Dilantin and tegretol. These are not "painkillers" but rather work on the nerve c... Read More
Dr. Michael Gofeld
Pain Management 33 years experience
Carbamazepine : Usually the fist choice is carbamazepine. Other antiepileptics may be useful as well as baclofen.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Anticonvulsant drug: Carbamazepine was found to be effective for trigeminal neuralgia and has been the most prescribed medication for management this disorder. A relative... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Not in my experience: Patients typically do not experience relief with acupuncture for this condition.
Dr. Val Koganski
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Yes: I've treated multiple patients with trigeminal neuralgia with acupuncture with good success. If you've had it for long time, acupuncture may not be ab... Read More
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
EastWest Integrative: Medication management is the first line of treatment. 60-70% of patients will be controlled with medications. The medication is titrated to the point ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sassan Hassassian
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
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
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 41 years experience
Trigeminal neuralgia: Gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) elavil, Gabitril could be medications that you may want to ask your doctor about.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 35 years experience
Several: Drugs with best success rates: Carbamazepine and oxcarbazepine. Next level: gabapentin, pregabalin. Another effective drug: baclofen. Further down ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Depends: It depends on what caused it in the first place. Trigeminal neuralgia just means that there is pain caused by the trigeminal nerve itself misfiring. ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clemens Schirmer
Interventional Neuroradiology and Endovascular Neurosurgery 20 years experience
Trigeminal neuralgia: The context of your question is unfortunately not completely clear but i will give it my best - trigeminal neuralgia (tn) is usually diagnosed and tre... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 32 years experience
Clinical exam: Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where sharp, electrical pain affects the face along one or more of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. The... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerry Brown
Prosthodontics 54 years experience
Trigeminal Neuralgia: Good Day; Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain affecting the trigeminal nerve ( fifth cranial nerve) in the face. One notices mild to severe facia... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 25 years experience
No: Simple answer is no, though rarely it can get bad enough to consider neuro surgery (eg janetta procedure) which does have a risk of complications.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
COMPLEX: There are several surgical approaches, but success may be dependent on whether there is vascular or bony compression of the trigeminal nerve at the ba... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 40 years experience
Neuralgia: No they are not related, trigeminal neuralgia is it own specific disorder and not related to a migraineous form of neuralgia.
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