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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Facial Nerve Pain) (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Contact your doctor when you begin to have these pains.

  • It is essential you see a doctor familiar with the care of patients with trigeminal neuralgia early on to help prevent the development of more severe complications.
  • It is especially important to work with your doctor because with appropriate drug therapy trigeminal neuralgia can almost always be controlled.

Seek immediate medical attention or go to a hospital's Emergency Department under the following circumstances:

  • When your current medication does not control the pain and you need immediate relief
  • When your pain prevents eating and drinking and places you at risk for malnutrition or dehydration
  • When you experience profound side effects of your medication such as severe drowsiness, sedation, nausea, or vomiting
  • When a doctor advises you to seek evaluation and treatment for any of these problems
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014
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