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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. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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If you were to be only on either tegretol or lamictal for life and either would treat your problem...Which is safer for the long haul?

If you were to be only on either tegretol or lamictal for life and either would treat your problem...Which is safer for the long haul?

long: Tegretol has been around longer, so we know a bit more about the really long term effects. But in head-to-head studies it has more cognitive side effects. If it were my spouse or myself, i'd got worth lamotrigine. There's no "right answer, " of course. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take nasal decongestants with carbamazepine?

Is it safe to take nasal decongestants with carbamazepine?

Nasal Decongestants: Generally, there is no problem taking nasal decongestants with carbamazepine. ...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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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 safe to take keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine with tegretol?

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Is it safe to take keppra (levetiracetam) and lamotrigine with tegretol?

Keppra (levetiracetam): Keppra (levetiracetam) is form of tegretol, and mixing tegretol with Lamictal can alter levels of both. ...Read more

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What is a safer combination latuda (lurasidone) with tegretol or latuda (lurasidone) with lamictal (racing thoughts)?

What is a safer combination latuda (lurasidone) with tegretol or latuda (lurasidone) with lamictal (racing thoughts)?

Hard to say for sure: One has to see what works best for them; that is the only way to really know. Except for the rare possibility of serious rash, i think Lamictal is safer than tegretol. I would prefer the combination of Lamictal and latuda, (lurasidone) but one must try one med first, see how it works for them, and then add the next one if another drug seems necessary. Talk with your doctor and don't obsess about it! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take tegretol and advil (ibuprofen) together?

Is it safe to take tegretol and advil (ibuprofen) together?

Tegretol and Advil (ibuprofen): Yes - there is a minor interaction between Tegretol (carbamazepine) and ibuprofen in the sense that the metabolism of Ibuprofen will be increased so the levels in your system will be lower - meaning you may need to take more Advil. BUT my recommendation - start taking both medications and see if you notice anything. If not - do NOT increase the dose of Ibuprofen (Advil) ...Read more

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Is it safe to take passion flower supplement when I'm currently on Tegretol and Zoloft (sertraline)?

Is it safe to take passion flower supplement when I'm currently on Tegretol and Zoloft (sertraline)?

Why would you?: I do not think this is a good idea. Most all the side effects of this supplement are neurologic . CAn also cause pancreas problems as well as alter heart conduction. Stop and think about what you are taking . These are important meds and if you are bipolar it can be more concerning. I would not do this. ...Read more

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Does lithium work/mix better with tegretol or lamictal for bipolar and which is a more common and safer combination?

Lamictal has less : Lamictal has no noted interactions with lithium, however it has to be titrated slow due to possible severe rash. Tegretol is likely safe too but it will need to be increase slowly due to possible of neurotoxicity in combination with lithium. Start low and go slow. As for which works better, it is hard to say, everyone is different. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder and am on tegretol and lamictal but am also diabetic are there safer choices than tegretol?

I have bipolar disorder and am on tegretol and lamictal but am also diabetic are there safer choices than tegretol?

Treating bipolar: If Tegretol and Lamictal are working well to control your bipolar symptoms, then this is a good combo for you. Tegretol shouldn't affect your sugar and is safe enough, if it's working. Your doc will check your liver enzymes and blood counts every few months. If the combo isn't working or you have intolerable side effects, then it would be worthwhile to switch. ...Read more

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Is carbamazepine safe for alzheinmers patient who has been recently or seroquel (quetiapine) and is increasingly agitated?

Is carbamazepine safe for alzheinmers patient who has been recently or seroquel (quetiapine) and is increasingly agitated?

It depends: There are older studies suggesting that Carbamazepine is helpful for agitation and aggression but it is less commonly used now because of drug-drug interactions and concerns about side effects. Seeing a geriatric psychiatrist can be very helpful at finding the right medicines. ...Read more

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Take cymbalta (duloxetine) 60, lamictal 100, tegretol 600, klonopin 2.5 for OCD and mood..Is this a safe combination..And is 60 the usual dose for cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Take cymbalta (duloxetine) 60, lamictal 100, tegretol 600, klonopin 2.5 for OCD and mood..Is this a safe combination..And is 60 the usual dose for cymbalta (duloxetine)?

Seems fine: These dosages seem to be workable although it is an intense combination of mood stabilizers. The dose of duloxetine at 60 mg is at the usual amount for the treatment of a mood disorder although higher dosages are thought to be potentially helpful for the treatment of chronic pain. Stay safe! ...Read more

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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) safe to use with low doses of Seroquel-klonopin-lamictal and tegretol?

Is luvox (fluvoxamine) safe to use with low doses of Seroquel-klonopin-lamictal and tegretol?

Minimal problem: Besides some drowsiness or sedation, there should be no problem with combining Luvox (fluvoxamine) with other mentioned. Still need to be monitored by a physician ...Read more

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Dr. discussing slowly weaning me off 150 lamictal & 600 tegretol for bipolar and replacing with lithium...is lithium a safe replacement?

Dr.  discussing slowly weaning me off 150 lamictal & 600 tegretol for bipolar and replacing with lithium...is lithium a safe replacement?

A safe replacement: Lithium is a widely used and relatively safe drug for the treatment of bipolar disease. It should be used under the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in the use of the drug. It should be used in conjunction with regular blood test to determine the lithium level in your system and adjusted accordingly. The direct answer to your question is Yes, it is a safe replacement. ...Read more

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Long term is tegretol or lamictal safer for a cardiac patient? 2 stents in LAD artery.

Both fairly safe,: Yet, i would tend not to use tegretol due to its potential for adverse effects, such as lowering sodium, causing bone marrow anemias, affecting liver function, but also raising cholesterol levels (which indirectly might harm the heart eventually). Big issue with Lamictal is occasional rash, but otherwise, not a bad choice and well tolerated. ...Read more

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Are the meds Chlorpromazine,Haloperidol, metoclopramide, phenytoin,valproic acid,&carbamazepine safe to eat to treat frequent hiccups.How long to take?

Not all of them: Usually ALL those drugs is not not safe for hiccups. All those medications used alone have been used in the past for hiccups and are relatively safe though there may be some side effects. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: carbamazepine?

Tegretol: 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. ...Read more