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Tegretol Uses for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a condition affecting the trigeminal nerve (the fifth cranial nerve), one of the largest nerves in the head. The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sending impulses of touch, pain, pressure, and temperature to the brain from the face, jaw, gums, forehead, and around the eyes.
Trigeminal neuralgia symptoms are characterized by a sudden, severe, electric shock-like or stabbing pain, typically felt on one side of the jaw or cheek. The attacks of pain, which generally last several seconds and may be repeated one after the other, may be triggered by:
  • Talking
  • Brushing the teeth
  • Touching the face
  • Chewing
  • Swallowing.
The exact causes of trigeminal neuralgia are not known. However, certain factors (such as physical nerve damage and stress) can trigger the beginning of the painful trigeminal neuralgia attacks.
Treatment for trigeminal neuralgia includes medication or surgery. Tegretol is one of the medications commonly used to treat the condition.

How Does Tegretol Work?

It is not known exactly how Tegretol works to prevent partial seizures in people with epilepsy. It may work by blocking sodium channels in the brain. By doing this, Tegretol may decrease the activity of nerve cells, preventing them from firing abnormally. Tegretol may also prevent the abnormal brain signals from spreading to other parts of the brain.
It is thought that Tegretol works to treat trigeminal neuralgia by blocking the nerve signals that cause pain and other unpleasant sensations.

Tegretol Uses in Children

Tegretol is approved for epilepsy treatment in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
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