Which medications in the drug class Toxins are used in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Updated: Jul 11, 2019
  • Author: Manish K Singh, MD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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Toxins

Toxins are a relatively recent experimental approach to management of trigeminal neuralgia and have been mentioned to respond to patient inquiries. These agents are not recommended because of scant evidence of efficacy. The mechanism of action of these agents remains unclear, but they appear to potentially decrease painful afferents. [68]

Botulinum toxin (BOTOX)

Subcutaneous injections of botulinum toxin have been beneficial in a pilot study of patients with ophthalmologic manifestations of trigeminal neuralgia, but these results await confirmation.


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