Trigeminal Neuralgia (cont.)
In this Article
- Introduction to trigeminal neuralgia
- What is trigeminal neuralgia?
- What causes trigeminal neuralgia?
- What are the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia?
- How is trigeminal neuralgia diagnosed?
- How is trigeminal neuralgia treated?
How Is Trigeminal Neuralgia Treated?
Trigeminal neuralgia can be treated with antiseizure drugs such as Tegretol or Neurontin.The medications Klonopin and Depakote may also be effective and may be used in combination with other drugs to achieve pain relief. Some antidepressant drugs also have significant pain relieving effects.
If medications are ineffective or if they produce undesirable side effects, neurosurgical procedures are available to relieve pressure on the nerve or to reduce nerve sensitivity.
Some patients report having reduced or relieved pain by means of alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment, self-hypnosis, or meditation.
WebMD Medical Reference
Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD
on February 12, 2012
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