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Are there new treatments for trigeminal neuralgia?

One of the newer agents that can be effective in some trigeminal neuralgia cases is called Lyrica. Antidepressants can be effective, not because the individual is depressed but because the drugs have a biochemical effect on nerve function that may improve trigeminal neuralgia. Stereotactic radiosurgery also helps in some of these cases.

Another option is the needle procedure in the face, and some studies suggest it that may be a little bit more effective than the stereotactic radiosurgery. The one that we tend to favor now and recommend, called balloon compression, seems to be a good alternative. It's not a high-risk procedure, and it's something that can be done effectively in many, many cases.

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