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If you or a loved one is suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia, this is the place for you. We are here for information, support, and friendship.
* Please keep in mind we are not doctors and don't treat TN. We are here for comfort and support. You should be consulting a doctor for treatment and advice.
For information on Trigeminal Neuralgia
Type 1 and 2, see Fact Sheet.
A very useful two-hour film: Dr Ken Casey speaks to a TN support group: See Vimeo.
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Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, phenytoin, or gabapentin are overall the most effective medications for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Anti-convulsant effects may be potentiated with moderate to high levels of adjuvant therapies such as baclofen and/or clonazepam. Baclofen may also help some patients eat more normally if jaw movement tends to aggravate the symptoms.
Low doses of some antidepressants are known to be effective in treating neuropathic pain and atypical trigeminal neuralgia. These drugs have been acknowledged in practice standards advocated by such organizations as the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
Botox can be injected into the nerve by a physician, and has been found helpful using the "migraine" pattern adapted to the patient's special needs. Stellate ganglion block or other nerve blocks with Lidocaine, Xilocaine, or cortico-steroids are also used for short-term relief. Some patients may also find relief by having their neurologist implant a neuro-stimulator.
If anticonvulsants do not help and surgical options have failed or are ruled out, the pain may be treated long-term with an opioid such as methadone, oxycodone or Duragesic in patch form. Opiate-based analgesics are not effective for many patients, but may be helpful for others. Opioid drugs do not directly address the neurological mechanisms which cause Trigeminal Neuralgia attacks, but may decrease the pain sensation that is experienced by the patient.
Many patients cannot tolerate medications for years with acceptable side effects. An alternative treatment is to take a drug such as gabapentin in an externally applied cream base, after processing by a pharmacist who compounds drugs. .
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