Carbamazepine is effective for relieving chronic pain caused by damage to nerves, either from injury or disease, although the data available to support this is limited. Anticonvulsants (also known as antiepileptics) are a group of medicines commonly used for treating 'fits' or epilepsy, but which are also effective for treating pain. The type of pain which responds well is neuropathic pain, e.g., postherpetic neuralgia (persistent pain experienced in an area previously affected by shingles), trigeminal neuralgia, and painful complications of diabetes. About two-thirds of patients who take carbamazepine for neuropathic pain can expect to achieve good pain relief in the short term, and two thirds can expect to experience at least one adverse event.
Carbamazepine (an anticonvulsant medicine) for acute and chronic pain
August 15, 2012