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What is carbamazepine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is a drug that was originally developed to treat epilepsy. It can also relieve pain due to nerve damage (neuropathic pain). It is especially effective for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain around the face and mouth), and is approved by the FDA for this use. It is not approved for other forms of neuropathic pain, and is considered a third or fourth-line option, after tricyclic antidepressants and other anti-seizure drugs like pregabalin and gabapentin.

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