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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. ...Read more
3-4 weeks: Some people will have relief from depressive symptoms in a week or two after starting these medications, but usually it takes 3-4 weeks to get a significant effect. It can take 6-8 weeks to get full benefit from these medicines. ...Read more
Male 21years,7yearssigns of epilepsy displayed,12 years takes medication, Tegretol 200mg, 3 once a day.he didn't have improvement.change medicine?
Seizure management: It is advisable that the patient be switched over to other medications which are ssecond-generation drugs such as Keppra (levetiracetam) or Lamictal which are normally more effective and have less side effects. Switching her medication has to be done under medical supervision, please follow through with your neurologist while doing this. Anti-seizure medications have to be individualized. ...Read more
Is tegretol a safe medication if prescribed by a professional who does blood work twice yearly. Depakote just put too much weight on me.
Yes: This has a great safety profile over the past half century. ...Read more
On possible treatment of trigeminal nerve from the use of the tegretol
Is it possible that the patient is completely cured through medication only?
Is it ok to take both Epilim & Tegretol on an empty stomach? I take a higher night dose of both medications on an empty stomach at bedtime.
No restriction: You can take these medication on empty stomach. Always ask your doctor about the side effects you may have and how to take your medication. ...Read more
Are these medications compatible with each other if taken together? Amlodopine (for hypertension) & tegretol together with Epilim (for epilepsy)
Check levels : Eplim (sodium di valproate) and Carbamazepine have some interactions with each other. One needs to measure steady state blood levels. The interactions are complex and depend upon your current activation of liver cytochrome enzymes, renal clearance and degree of protein binding to albumen. Amlodipine use complicates matters further but you can use all three if you adjust dose as needed. ...Read more
Is it OK to take Epilim & Tegretol medications for Epilepsy with vitamins at the same time? Will there be any interference between them? Thank you
Yes: I do not see any problem in taking vitamins with these two drugs ...Read more
Hello. I have a sex problem. It started after I had suddenly stopped taking my medications:Anafranil 150 mg, Tegretol 400 and Seroquel 200 mg. When I used to take them, yes, I cum a little but now I cum nothing. And I barely have an erection. I've been su
Evaluation: Interesting--whatever your Meds were helping in the past is no longer present--My advise would be to tell your doc & have him/her reevaluate your current status & see what she/he thinks. ...Read more
Sometimes I forget my medications amlodopine (for hypertension) & carbamazepine (for temporal lobe epilepsy). Can I go without them like this?
Medications: Medicines are tested for effectiveness usually with one primary dosage methodology. If you want the outcome associated with the proof of effectiveness; you need to take the medication as it is approved and prescribed. If you don't take them as prescribed, your chances of the desired outcome are impaired. ...Read more
In de novo epilepsy (age 67) MRI shows signs of slightly poor brain circulation. Is medication for circulation advised? The patient is now on TEGRETOL
Brain circulaton-sz: Why poor circulation? Ischemia (from clogged vessels)? Hypoplastic vessels (born with small vessels? Carotids? Did MRI show stroke? Do they have a fib? Was the seizure due to stroke/ TIA (rare)? Has the doctor discussed aspirin 81 mg or plavix (clopidogrel) or plental or fish oil (blood thinners so may cause bleeding)? F/u and discuss w/neurology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11286042 ...Read more
Not my first choice: Tegretol does control the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, but so do other meds, and I would try Lyrica (pregabalin) first, as it has few if any drug-drug interactions, and is, in my experience extremely effective. Tegretol is an older drug with many potential side effects, including liver and bone marrow issues, low sodium, gastrointestinal problems, and elevation of cholesterol. Do not understand why choice. ...Read more
With tegretol my Asperger is less strong but my thoughts are less deep. What to choose, deep thoughts or a better social life, no drugs or drugs?
Work With Meds: There are a variety of medications that can help the various symptoms associated with asperger's. If there is something about tegretol you do not like, it will be worthwhile to discuss this with your doctor. It is possible that a similar medicine would be just as helpful without the difficulties you associate with tegretol. ...Read more
Interaction : There is significant interaction between the two medications. If used together, monitoring is done by prescribing physician. ...Read more
Can latuda be safely used with onglyza (saxagliptin) and tegretol. Do adjustments need to be made to either drugs.... Seems may be interactions?
Tegretol interaction: The big problem yes with the tegretol which greatly lowers the blood levels of both Latuda and onglyza (saxagliptin). Your doctor would undoubtedly have to reconsider the use of tegretol, perhaps use Depakote or lithium or no mood stabilizer instead since Latuda is approved for mono therapy in bipolar depression. You've been juggling a lot of interactions between the tegretol and the Lamictal and your diabetes medications. You may be able to simplify things greatly with the addition of latuda. Best wishes and feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. Dr. J. ...Read more
An eplieptic pt using carbamzepine400mg B.D.but still having attack.plz prescribe any other drug with carbamazepine.age is 28yr married girl.
May be breakthroughs: Some times even with adequate anti seizures medication levels there may be same type of seizures, called breakthrough seizures. May require additional medications or nothing at all. Go to see your neurologist to see what may be done. Take care. ...Read more
Birth defects: This syndrone is specific to those drugs. That is, although you can find the individual defects in other conditions with different causes, when they are found in a baby from a mother that has taken phenytion, they are called fetal hydantoin syndrome. ...Read more
I have been taking tegretol to control seizures since 1987. Just curious if there are better drugs that will not impact my liver.
There are others:
There are other agents that do not have the same impact on the liver but have their own assorted assundry of side effects.
Tegretol is an excellent agent for partial complex seizures but needs monitoring just as any other antiepileptic. Unless there is a compelling reason to change then sticking with what works is usually best. Keep an eye on your bone health and lfts and you should be good. ...Read more
If carbamazepine isn't working to treat my trigeminal neuralgia, what is a good drug to try next?
Trileptal: Is reported to be effective for trigeminal neuralgia. Some clinicians now prefer to use oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) as their first line drug for trigeminal neuralgia because of its reduced side effect profile. Unfortunately, about half of TN sufferers eventually become dissatisfied with medical therapy, explore surgical options. ...Read more
I have a controlled seizure disorder but am currently taking tegretol. I started slimquick this morning. Are there drug interactions?
No: There should be no problemGet a more detailed answer ›
Geriatric epilepsy unknown etiology patient on TEGRETOL. Short memory loss and signs of poor brain circulation(MRI), drugs advised? Cavinton?
Cerebral blood flow: Carbamazepine is a good agent for seizures, but can be associated with cognitive side effects. If the issue is with blood flow in brain, additional details need to be provided. As for Vinpocetine (Cavinton) there is anecdotal evidence of improvement of blood flow, but there is less experience with that drug in regulated markets (eg US FDA) to comment on usage. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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