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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Tic Douloureux
Answer: If you can get pain relief with other methods you would be better off. Vicodin is an addictive narcotic. If that is all that relieves the pain then use it. But, there are usually other options for tic douloureax. Neurontin is commonly used as is tegretol. Ablation of the nerve through a pain clinic is an option. Finally, topical capsaicin cream (available OTC) when used for at least a month in the distribution of the nerve can also be helpful.
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