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Just diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. Following the schedule for increasing the tegretol XR per neuro. How can I reduce impact on my job as a mgr?

Triennial neuralgia. treament with carbamazepine does not usually require a titration ( yes you will be a bit dizzy for 2 days ) start with 300 twice a day and go up to 400 twice a day as needed. Do not use brand name Tegretol XR as there are dose failures ( medicine does not pass through tiny hole in capsule ) Use carbitrol instead . most cannot work until symptoms abate. Read more...

I am 48, male. I suffer from trigeminal neuralgia since 2001.600mg tegretol XR /day helps. But pain/frequency worsen during rainy season_ why?

Change in temp. ? Something similar occur with arthritic pains and cold temperature. May be rain changes in the environment loke humidity or even the local tempertaure triggering change in the autonomic or peripheral nervous system. Read more...
Common problem . Tn pain has multiple triggers including weather. Read more...
Trigger zones. About 50% of trigeminal neuralgia cases have "trigger areas" or "trigger zones", these are shock-like facial pain. Trigger zones are usually in the central face around the nose and lips. Attack of pain may be "triggered" by light touch during normal activities such as makeup application or an exposure to a cool breeze or cold water. Read more...

Is there any other medicine besides carbamazepine for trigeminal neuralgia because this medicine is not effective anymore! Plz suggest any other med..

Neurologist. The med usually works well for that disorder. There are other drugs. Make sure you are being treated by a neurologist. Also, make sure the diagnosis is right. I've seen patients with cancer misdiagnosed. Consider seeing an ENT doc for another opinion. Read more...
Oxcarbazepine. Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal), the keto-analogue of carbamazepine, is reported to be as effective as carbamazepine for trigeminal neuralgia and is considered a first line drug by some clinicians. Several neurosurgical procedures (MVD) are available to treat TN. Read more...

Had a clear MRI after a diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia. What could this mean? Tegretol XR 400mg twice a day has significantly reduced pain flares.

DX=Trigeminal Neural. A clean MRI (with contrast) simply means there is no obvious INTRACRANIAL explanation to your diagnosis of TN. But there are certain assumptions being here such as if you for sure HAVE neuralgia and not NEUROPATHY which can sometimes be mistaken. Have you had a neurological examination? If not, that should be your next step. Want to chat about it? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR. Read more...

My mum suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, can she take carbamazepine without the her doctor's recommendation?

No. There are many other side effects. This medicine must be prescribed by a doctor who knows your mum. Read more...
Seek medical advice. Trigeminal neuralgia is a difficult diagnosis to make. You should seek an expert medical opinion. Tn is often a benign condition, but it could be a result of a serious medical condition. Read more...

What is the best medication for trigeminal neuralgia aside from tegretol?

There are a number. Gabapentin and trileptal are common. Clonazepam, Dilantin and Baclofen are less effective. Some a combination of these meds are used. Read more...
Trileptal. Trileptal as well as Gabapentin have been used with success plus they tend to have lesser side effects. Read more...

Could the tegretol I'm taking for trigeminal neuralgia be making the pain worse?

Unlikely. Tegretol is the only fda approved anti-convulsive drug that has proven to be effective in the treatment of tn. Upwards of 79% of folks with tn have at least some improvement. You can become "resistant" to the drug over time, but it is unlikely to increase the pain of tn. Read more...
Probably not. Tegretol may not make the pain worse. It simply doesn't work in your case. In my practice, i try two or three medical options and if the pain is not controlled, i offer stereotactic trigeminal neurotomy, a procedure we do under real-time ct scanner which is effective in 90-95%. Read more...
Consider Acupuncture. Tn is a type of facial pain. Tn overlap with myofascial patterns. Don't wait to start care the pain can make you wish you were dead! think flesh/tissue and not nerves for face pain! begin a self-care wellness program of vits, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! Read more...
Probably not. Tegretol reduces tn pain in about 70% of patients. It is possible it doesn't work. Make sure the diagnosis is correct. It is rare that tegretol would make tn pain worse. Read more...