Gabapentin for refractory idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia.J Indian Med Assoc 2008; 106(2):124-5JI
Trigeminal neuralgia is sudden, usually unilateral, severe, stabbing, brief recurrent pain in the distribution area of one or more of the branches of trigeminal nerve. Various pharmacological agents including carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, lamotrigine, baclofen and clonazepam have been tried with variable success rate. Here a case of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia is presented. The patient presented in the emergency room with severe pain in the distribution area of maxillary branch of trigeminal nerve, resistant to conventional pharmacotherapy, managed successfully with gabapentin without untoward side-effects.