Scientists have discovered a substance that can reduce one of the worst chronic nerve pains. Trigeminal neuralgia is characterised by sharp, lancinating pain in the teeth or facial area. The standard treatment for this chronic nerve pain can cause burdening side effects. A newly tested substance, BIIB074, can reduce the pain to a tolerable level, according to a study conducted at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
BIIB074 inhibits the sodium channel 1.7 through which pain signals are sent to the brain causing the pain.