16 Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatments: What Can Help Me?
New treatments for trigeminal neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia has been such an evasive pain condition that new research on experimental treatments is hard to find.
Since finding a link between trigeminal neuralgia and multiple sclerosis, one study conducted by the Center of Dental Medicine at the University of Zurich in Switzerland has been looking at a new sodium channel blocker referred to as BIIB074. Sodium channels are responsible for pain and its intensity, and this experimental treatment, now in the second phase, is looking to selectively block this channel only when needed.
This differs from current treatments that continuously block sodium channels, causing unwanted side effects. Results are preliminary and the study is small, but researchers are still committed to helping patients find relief.
Dominik Ettlin, one of the study’s authors, had this to say about the drug’s potential:
“Unlike conventional drugs, which often cause tiredness and concentration problems, BIIB074 was not only effective, but also very well tolerated. We will now test the new substance in a lot more subjects during the next study phase, which will reveal whether the new hope for more effective pain relief is justified.”