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What medications are used to ease symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia in older people?

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Medications that may help ease symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, alone or sometimes in combination, are anticonvulsants or seizure medicines that include carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol); oxcarbazepine (Oxtellar XR and Trileptal); baclofen and phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek); clonazepam (Klonopin); divalproex sodium (Depakote, Depakene); topiramate (Quedexy TR, Topamax, Trokendi XR); lamotrigine (Lamicatal); gabapentin (Horizant, Neurontin); and pimozide (Orap).

About 30% of people don’t respond to medication but may respond to surgery.

From: Geriatric Headaches and Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

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Serratrice , G. March 1985. Headache,

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WebMD: "Temporal Arteritis" sand "How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles."

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American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Trigeminal Neuralgia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease."

Serratrice , G. March 1985. Headache,

Vongvaivanich K., Cephalalgia, . September 2015

Fisher, CM March 1980.   , Canadian journal of neurological sciences,

WebMD: "Temporal Arteritis" sand "How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of giant cell arteritis" and "Hypnic headache."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Trigeminal Neuralgia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 12, 2018

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