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What medications can you use to treat occipital neuralgia?

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Your doctor may prescribe medications for you, including:

  • 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. 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.

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 06, 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 06, 2018

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