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Oxcarbazepine is often used if carbamazepine doesn't work, or if it causes too many side effects.

It's a drug that's usually used for epilepsy. It can also be used for trigeminal neuralgia. You take it as a tablet or a liquid. The brand name is Trileptal.

There is not much good-quality research into this drug. One long-term study lasting 15 years suggests it does work for many patients. [34] But there are problems with the study that mean it is not completely reliable. A few trials suggest that oxcarbazepine might work just as well as carbamazepine. [35]

Oxcarbazepine can cause side effects, including stomach upsets and drowsiness. [36]

There is a very small risk that taking oxcarbazepine might make you more likely to think about suicide or harming yourself. [33] If you are worried about any thoughts or feelings you have, see your doctor straight away.


For references related to Trigeminal neuralgia click here.
Last Updated: November 01, 2010
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