What are the side effects of treatment for trigeminal neuralgia?

Over time, some patients, although they’re getting reasonable relief, have to take such high doses of medications that they begin to develop side effects that are quite disabling. The side effects can include memory impairment and an inability to concentrate, a foggy feeling, and mental impairment. In extreme cases, the side effects include unsteadiness in walking, loss of balance, and dizziness.

We see a number of patients who’ve been on medication for years in whom the side effects have become so unacceptable that they’re looking for another alternative.

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