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A 49-year-old male asked:

on 600 tegretol--if upped to 800 is this a high dose? level right now is in normal range

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Dr. Catherine Willner
Neurology 35 years experience
Individual: Tegretol is used for several different types of problems. There is a therapeutic range, gathered from studies of populations taking it, mostly related to seizures. That range is a guideline and what is right for you may vary. Some people need a slightly higher level to obtain best results. Talk to your prescribing physician. The level and other labs are usually followed to optimize.
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
No: Especially if blood levels is ok.
Dr. Gary Wang
Dr. Gary Wang answered
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 40 years experience
Tegretol level. : The dose itself is not a very high dose. Your blood test will tell you if you have taken extra high dose or not. You can change your tegretol to trileptol, which is more safer. The change should be under your doctor's supervision.

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