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Carbamazepine and other drugs for facial pain

Abstract

Trigeminal neuralgia (tic douloureux) is one of the severest types of facial pain. Carbamazepine (Tegretol - Geigy) is a new drug that helps many patients with trigeminal neuralgia, but not those with other facial pain. Precise diagnosis is therefore particularly important and trigeminal neuralgia should be distinguished from migrainous, post-herpetic and atypical facial neuralgia.

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