Is acupuncture helpful to treat trigeminal neuralgia?

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 able to eliminate pain completely, but still will provide significant relief. It's not a miracle, but does work for a lot of patients.
Not in my experience. Patients typically do not experience relief with acupuncture for this condition.
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 of pain control or the inability of the patient to tolerate the side effects. At this point I use acupuncture/acupressure to ameliorate side effects and tapper down medications.

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Is it possible to get good results using acupuncture for trigeminal neuralgia pain?

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 of pain control or the inability of the patient to tolerate the side effects. At this point I use acupuncture/acupressure to ameliorate side effects and tapper down medications.

What painkillers are helpful for trigeminal neuralgia?

Several. The common medications used are: neurontin, (gabapentin) trileptal, Dilantin and tegretol. These are not "painkillers" but rather work on the nerve conduction to alleviate the pain of trigeminal neuralgia.
Carbamazepine. Usually the fist choice is carbamazepine. Other antiepileptics may be useful as well as baclofen.
Anticonvulsant drug. Carbamazepine was found to be effective for trigeminal neuralgia and has been the most prescribed medication for management this disorder. A relatively new anticonvulsant, Neurontin, (gabapentin) is now considered a first line drug for trigeminal neuralgia along with carbamazepine.

What medications treat trigeminal neuralgia?

Typical meds. Tegretol, neurontin, Lyrica (pregabalin) are standard first line treatment medications.
Multiple. Tn pain is neuropathic pain. Best response rate has been reported with Oxcarbazepine and carbamazepine. Faily high response rates have been reported with Gabapentin and pregabalin. More importantly, is the proper use of these medications. Problems of under and overdosing occur. Side effects, or fear of side effects often limit their effectiveness. Sometimes combination therapy is needed.
TN medications. In spite of vast improvements in the medical or surgical management of TN, there is still no treatment modality available. Carbamazepine, trileptal, neurontin, (gabapentin) baclofen and Dilantin are the most common medications for TN.

Could the drugs being used to treat my trigeminal neuralgia be causing more odd sensations on my face?

Indirectly. If the medications are helping reduce your pain, then most likely the process causing the tn in the first place is causing signals that your brain is trying to relate to. But most of those medications work by changing nerve function, and so sensation may be altered to cause 'strange' feelings.

What medicines can be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia?

Multiple. You can try traditional approach with tegretol, trileptal, neurontin, (gabapentin) etc., or alternative with acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs.
Common meds. The most common meds include tegretol, gabapentin, and oxcarbazapine.