16 Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatments: What Can Help Me?
Botox injections for trigeminal neuralgia
OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) injections are typically used to relieve migraine pain, but small studies suggest that it may also help relieve the pain of trigeminal neuralgia.
The treatment is generally well-tolerated and most patients were completely relieved of pain and without reoccurrence for at least six months. This treatment has few adverse side effects and can be useful for people who are no longer finding relief with medications (but who would like to delay more interventional treatment options).
The one downside of this treatment approach comes to cost. Because it is a newer treatment, some insurance providers don’t cover the cost of these injections. You’ll want to talk to your doctor about how much they charge, any payment plan options, or other ways you can manage the cost of these injections. Thankfully, many patients only need to receive these a few times a year.
Interventional approaches for trigeminal neuralgia
If you are experiencing recalcitrant trigeminal neuralgia pain that is unresponsive to your best efforts at home and through medications, it may be time to consider more interventional treatments.
There are two types of interventional treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia:
- Surgical procedures