Botox in Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia
There is evidence that is suggesting that getting a shot of Botox may help to ease the pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
Trigeminal neuralgia or “tic doulourex.” Is a condition that the person will feel acute, intense and stabbing facial pain.
Botox contains a tiny dose of the botulinum-A toxin, that has been tested with people who have migraines or temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) pain. It however is mainly used in cosmetic surgery circles to treat wrinkles.
Botox Study on Trigeminal Neuralgia
A study using 13 people was conducted to see the effects of Botox on Trigeminal Neuralgia. The people in the study are reported severe facial pain that was attributed to their trigeminal neuralgia. They were all then given one treatment of Botox to the affected facial regions.
According to the report, facial pain eased in all 13 patients over the next 60 days.
Ten days after Botox treatment, some of the patients reported drastic drop in facial pain. Twenty days after treatment, many of the patients were symptom free.
Overall the intensity of the pain was reduced and all of the patients relied very little on the medication they were taking for their facial pain.
Four patients stopped using those medications all together. The study showed that the other patients cut their use of medications for facial pain by more than half.
The research also showed that there weren’t any bad interactions with Botox and other medication.
The effects of Botox on trigeminal neuralgia only lasted 2 months, after that time the study was completed. The researchers are not sure how long the benefits would have lasted and more research needs to be done on the topic.