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Dr. Mohamad Mikati
430 doctors shared insights

Carbamazepine (Overview)

This drug was once the breakthrough product to treat trigeminal neuralgia, and later various forms of epilepsy, and even psychiatric uses such as bipolar disorder.


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If a child vomits after having a dose of 400mg of carbamazepine, what time period between administration and vomiting would warrant a full re-dose?

If a child vomits after having  a dose of 400mg of carbamazepine, what time period between administration and vomiting would warrant a full re-dose?

Next dose: Generally you should wait until the next dose. It is never clear as to how much medication is lost. The fear of overdosage outweighs the need to "refill' the dose. ...Read more

Dr. Mohamad Mikati
430 doctors shared insights

Carbamazepine (Overview)

This drug was once the breakthrough product to treat trigeminal neuralgia, and later various forms of epilepsy, and even psychiatric uses such as bipolar disorder.


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My brother has fits for last12 yrs he is on diva-d750 twice and tegretol twice and firisium onc for last 6 months can he drive n work normally.

Probably not: Driving is a significant risk for him and others if his seizures are uncontrolled. Typically, patients with active epilepsy are advised to avoid driving, operating power equipment, doing activities at heights, and swimming or taking baths alone. ...Read more

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Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No, it is not safe: Carbamazepine is considered a category d in pregnancy, it may be teratogenic or leads to developmental delay in the baby. It is advised to be relapced with an other seizure medications during pregnancy. During nursing babies it should be avoided as it may affects the blood counts in the baby. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to suddenly stop taking carbamazepine 800mg and venlafaxine 150mg?

Yes: There could be an uncomfortable discontinuation syndrome. It would be safer and more comfortable. ...Read more

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Using tegretol what do I need to watch for regarding lft's and bone health. Is this med not used much anymore because of its liver toxicity?

See details: Tegretol still has great value for a number of conditions. Liver toxicity is not very common but anyone who takes it must be screened periodically as we do with numerous other meds. ...Read more

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Tegretol for painful hands, is this okay?

Tegretol for painful hands, is this okay?

Unusual: Choice listen to your doc....Depends on source of pain. ...Read more

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Got diagnosed with MS & doctor perscribed me carbamazepine, noticed my jaw started hurting after taking it. Doctor said it'll go away after 2 weeks ?

Got diagnosed with MS & doctor perscribed me carbamazepine, noticed my jaw started hurting after taking it. Doctor said it'll go away after 2 weeks ?

Trigeminal neuralgia: Perhaps your doctor was thinking you might have trigeminal neuralgia. This medicine is often used to prevent the pain of this condition. It does not cause jaw pain. Some people feel relief sooner than 2 weeks with this medicine. Other treatments may be gabapentin, tramadol, and amitriptyline, when this medicine does not help. ...Read more

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I have low sodium on tegretol. Any solutions without going off tegretol?

I have low sodium on tegretol. Any solutions without going off tegretol?

Depends on level: Depends on how low your serum sodium is on routine testing, if you are slightly low, then you probably don't need to do anything. If your sodium levels are in the 120's, increasing your salt intake may improve your values, but this will be your new diet. There are many new anticonvulsants that treat event related epilepsy that do not produce salt wasting, and have fewer side effects than tegretol. ...Read more