After 2 month of suffering with unbearable faceial pain I was dianosised with Trimemial Neualgia my dr put me on carbamazepine which didnt help without a pain med. A week later I was switched to gabapentin that worked very well no pain med needed.Yesterday I saw the neuroglist who switched me to lyrica that seems to be working however i feel a bit cloud headed and sometimes comfused and very forgetful. is there any else taking lyrica for TN and if these are side effects will they go away.Is lyrica a good med to treat trimenial neualgia? while I was on gabapentin i fealt great without anyattacks I was finally able to sleep laying down and for 4 day i had no attacks im sure my neurolgist in on point i just wonder is lyrica commonally used to treat TN
I see that you asked this question two years ago, so you may have your answer.
But from my experience, I have used Lyrica for pain and have noticed initially some relief during my first trigger/episode with TN. However, after having surgery, I noticed the pain has come back stronger and resistant to Lyrica. The surgery worked for 23 months. I am now taking Lyrica with other pain meds, i.e. Tylenol ,Ibuprofen. The cocktail of drugs are very effective, I still have moderate pain throughout the day. So, to answer your question, I would consider having the Radio Rhizotomy procedure and by having the procedure you can avoid drugs.Good Luck.
Since this is so old, for anyone else who suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, I was prescribed Lyrica which caused me to feel "drunk". I staggered about very confused. Then the doctor prescribed Baclofen which really took care of most of the pain. Another neurologist said that Baclofen was the best medication for mouth pain.
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