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If typical treatments for occipital neuralgia don't work, what other medications will my doctor prescribe for me?

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If typical treatments for occipital neuralgia don't help, your doctor may prescribe medications for you, including:

It may take two to three shots over several weeks to get control of your pain. It’s not uncommon for the problem to return at some point and to need another series of injections.

  • Prescription muscle relaxants
  • Antiseizure drugs, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol) and gabapentin (Neurontin)
  • Antidepressants
  • Nerve blocks and steroid shots. The nerve block that your doctor might do to diagnose your condition can be a short-term treatment, too.

From: Occipital Neuralgia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Occipital Neuralgia Information Page." American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Occipital Neuralgia." Jan Brandes, MD, director, Nashville Neuroscience Group at St. Thomas Health Services; assistant clinical professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 


Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Occipital Neuralgia Information Page." American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Occipital Neuralgia." Jan Brandes, MD, director, Nashville Neuroscience Group at St. Thomas Health Services; assistant clinical professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 


Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 6, 2018

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