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What is the first step in treating trigeminal neuralgia?

If there's no dental problem -- if dental X-rays have been done and a patient has seen a dentist to have everything looked at very carefully --the first step in treatment is going to be medical treatment. There are good medical treatments now to treat trigeminal neuralgia.

The best kind of medical treatment is usually with a medication called Tegretol. Tegretol often will dramatically suppress the pain and completely remove it in many people. It often has to be started at a relatively low dose. In rare cases, Tegretol can have serious side effects, so that has to be looked at initially.

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