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Doctor insights on: Carbamazepine Medication

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Dr. Mohamad Mikati
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Carbamazepine (Definition)

This drug was once the breakthrough product to treat trigeminal neuralgia, and later various forms of epilepsy, and even psychiatric uses ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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My partner is starting tegretol and zytomil for depression when is medication going to kick in.

My partner is starting tegretol and zytomil  for depression when is medication going to kick in.

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

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Male 21years,7yearssigns of epilepsy displayed,12 years takes medication,Tegretol 200mg , 3 once a day.he didn't have improvement .change medicine?

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

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Is tegretol a safe medication for a heart patient.... I have 2 stents.

Is tegretol a safe medication for a heart patient.... I have 2 stents.

Depends: Tergretol could have adverse cardiac effects like hypotension, worsen chf, may cause steven johson and can cause hyponatremia. Please discuss with heart doctor and the prescriber all your medical conditions. ...Read more

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On possible treatment of trigeminal nerve from the use of the tegretol Is it possible that the patient is completely cured through medication only?

On possible treatment of trigeminal nerve from the use of the tegretol
Is it possible that the patient is completely cured through medication only?

Sometimes: Sometimes , sometiimes medications and anti inflammatory , sometime with triennial blocks,may resolve and on the less amount of cases may even required surgical decompression by neurosurgeon. GOOD LUCK. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for trigeminal neuralgia aside from tegretol?

What is the best medication for trigeminal neuralgia aside from tegretol?

There are a number: Gabapentin and trileptal are common. Clonazepam, Dilantin and Baclofen are less effective. Some a combination of these meds are used. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Are these medications compatible with each other if taken together? Amlodopine ( for hypertension ) & tegretol together with Epilim ( for epilepsy )

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

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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

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

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Sometimes i forget my medications amlodopine (for hypertension) & carbamazepine (for temporal lobe epilepsy). Can i go without them like this?

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

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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

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

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Is tegretol good for trilgemial neurgia ? Is it a safe drug ?

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

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With tegretol my Asperger is less stronger but my thoughts are less deeper. 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

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Can tegretol be considered an antipsychotic drug?

Can tegretol be considered an antipsychotic drug?

No: Tegretol is an anticonvulsant drug. It's also used as a mood stabilizing medication, often in concert with an antipsychotic medication. ...Read more

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We can combine depakane and tegretol antiepileptic drugs?

Interaction : There is significant interaction between the two medications. If used together, monitoring is done by prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Yes, many: Many pregnant pregnants women have taken tegretol and done well. We worried about a few of them may have some birth defects. It is a low risk, but it probably there. ...Read more

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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