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What medications treat trigeminal neuralgia?

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Your doctor may prescribe medicines that keep the nerves from reacting to irritation. These drugs are called anticonvulsants.

You also may take muscle relaxants -- alone or along with anticonvulsants. Typical pain medications don’t work well for people with trigeminal neuralgia, so your doctor may suggest a tricyclic antidepressant to manage your symptoms.

From: What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Conditions and Treatments -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

TNA Facial Pain Association: “What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?”

New York Presbyterian Hospital: “Health Library -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Trigeminal Neuralgia Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 23, 2018

SOURCES: Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Conditions and Treatments -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

TNA Facial Pain Association: “What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?”

New York Presbyterian Hospital: “Health Library -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Trigeminal Neuralgia Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 23, 2018

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