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What are some negative effects of trigeminal neuralgia medications?

Medications for trigeminal neuralgia are effective, but as time goes on, in many people, trigeminal neuralgia breaks through and becomes resistant to the effects of the medication. One has to go to higher and higher doses. Unfortunately, at the highest doses, there's often a sedating effect or a depressant effect that people find really slows them down, impairs their rapidity of thinking and causes difficulty with memory. It really can be a deficit in everyday life and particularly in a job where one has to be alert and on the ball all the time. That's a common finding as time goes on. The unfortunate thing about trigeminal neuralgia is that it usually continues to get worse over time. Over a period of years, it can often get worse and worse.

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