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Dr. Mohamad Mikati
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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.

Dr. Mohamad Mikati
433 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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Please describe the medication: carbamazepine?

Please describe the medication: carbamazepine?

Tegretol: This is an anti-seizure medication. It is also effective in face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) and mood disorders.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How safe is Tegretol?

How safe is Tegretol?

Tegretol: Common are nausea, headache, rash, ataxia, anemia, effect on liver. Safe if monitor blood levels & other metabolic parameters.

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Is tegretol a safe medication?

An old drug: Tegretol has been on the market for many years. It was one of the first antiseizure medications and is still prescribed pretty frequently. It is not without a slight risk for problems, however. Your doctor checks blood counts looking for signs of anemia or bone marrow problems, liver function tests to make sure the liver isn't affected, and a tegretol level to see how much is in your system.

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Is tegretol used for dizzyness?

Is tegretol used for dizzyness?

NO: Tegretol (carbamazepine) is a medication used mainly for control of epilepsy, neuralgias and some psychiatric conditions it can actually cause dizziness or balance problem in susceptible individuals.

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What would be the peak time of tegretol?

Information below: The absorption of carbamazepine in man is relatively slow. When taken in a single oral dose, the carbamazepine tablets and chewable tablets yield peak plasma concentrations of unchanged carbamazepine within 4 to 24 hours. With respect to the quantity of carbamazepine absorbed, there is no clinically relevant difference between the various dosage forms. However, carbamazepine suspension is absorbed somewhat faster than the tablet; peak plasma levels are reached within 2 hours. Following b.i.d. dosage regimens, higher peak levels and lower trough levels are obtained with the suspension than with the tablets. Steady-state plasma levels are comparable for carbamazepine suspension given t.i.d. and carbamazepine tablets given b.i.d., when administered at the same total daily dose.

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Please describe the medication: carbamazepine?

Tegretol: This is an anti-seizure medication. It is also effective in face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) and mood disorders.

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How do I take Tegretol prolonged release tablets?

Tegretol XR: Start 100-200mg in two divided doses followed by a slow increase in dosage (every3-7days) until the effect is obtained, often 800-1200mg daily. However, this should only ever be under the supervision of a doctor.

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What is the maximum amount of tegretol one can take?

What is the maximum amount of tegretol one can take?

When toxic: Tegretol is difficult to use. Sudden high levels can occur when treated with certain antibiotics. Toxicity can occur from biproducts even if level is okay. Better medications are now available. Most adults can tolerate up to 800 mg per day.