Tegretol side effects

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Day 2 on this drug and all I do is sleep and the pain is still  there. Doc started me on 200mg twice a day. I also take Zoloft and Lipitor. I guess I am a mess. Anyone out there in the same boat or can shed some light.

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    Forgot to mention I took an extra 600mg b/c the pain was through the roof. That is what made me so sleepy.
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    Hi Brian, 

    Have you been clinically diagnosed with TN? I was originally given pain killers until it was diagnosed via MRI. I've been on carbamezapine, amitriptyline, gabapentin and pregabalin. The only one that I found to give any sort of relief was pregabalin. There are surgical options too. I had MVD which provided short term relief but it's since come back. It does have a high success rate though and I've met people who it actually worked for. 

    Maybe go and see your consultant or GP and ask them to review your medication. Unfortunately though, what works for one won't work for another. It's more trial and error. 

    Totally sympathise with where you're at! It's the most horrendous pain I've ever experienced! 

    I hope you find some relief soon! Take care. 

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply......I have not had an MRI.......so that is probably the next step........I am in terrible pain as I write to you
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      Did your GP diagnose this? You need to be careful with your meds. You should follow the guidance from your doctor but if you need to increase it, you should increase it gradually. Going from 400 to 1000 a day could cause adverse reactions. Your body needs time to adjust plus it may take a week or two before you start to feel any relief. 

      Carbamazapine made me a mess, feeling so tired all the time but unable to shut off from the pain and falling over etc. 

      Maybe give it a couple of weeks on the recommended dose and if nothing, go back to your doc. They should have clinically diagnosed it before dishing out prescription meds but it's money saving I guess! 

      Sorry you're in so much pain, I understand and uunfortunately there's no comforting words I can offer. You need to just ride it out. Since mine came back I've tried hard to avoid the meds because I'm fit for nothing so just shut myself off from the world till it passes and visualise the pain. It might sound stupid but when I think of the pain, the sensation, the frequency etc. It helps me to cope with it better. Still really horrible but when you've suffered for pretty much 4 years you start to learn how to best cope with it. 

      If you know your triggers it might bring you some slight relief to avoid them. My worst ones are drafts and the cold but had them all. It really does suck!! 

      Don't let it beat you wink 

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      brian87983 • about a minute ago

      So frustrating b/c I own a restaurant  and need to be there for obvious reasons. Not sure what to do. Thank you so much for the support

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      To your throat? Brian, what exactly are your symptoms hun? I've never had throat pain, I don't believe that is a symptom of TN. It's your face that will feel it if one or all (3) branches of the Trigeminal nerve are damaged on either side of your face.

      What side of your face is it, what are your symptoms & how long have you had this? 

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      It started last week. I have a history of sensitive and brittle teeth. My Dentist took X-rays and surprisingly everything looked great. The next day the pain got worse. I went back and they did a 360* head scan of my teeth and everything turned up good as well. The pain felt similar to an absesed tooth. But now it has moved from my face to the back of my mouth and now it is to the (my) left of my chin at the start of throat. All pain is on the left side of my face. 
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      It might be possible that it's not TN or it is but you have a throat condition also? I think the best thing to do would be to go back to your doc for a second opinion and just clearly list all your symptoms hun. 

      I saw 5 different doctors. 4 diagnosed as TMJ disorder and 1as migraine. I went back and saw a nurse practitioner who straight away said TN and referred me to a consultant who confirmed diagnosis through an MRI. It can be difficult to diagnose. 

      I was diagnosed with classic and atypical on the left side and all 3 branches affected. I got the sharp electric shocks and the dull burning ache. I don't think the throat pain is linked to the TN so please go and get checked again to be sure so you can get the correct treatment. If it's not TN the tegretol will not bring any relief and just make you feel awful and sleep all the time. 

      Jen x 

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    So frustrating b/c I own a restaurant  and need to be there for obvious reasons. Not sure what to do. Thank you so much for the support
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