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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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What are the side effects of carbamazepine?

What are the side effects of carbamazepine?

Many: We see drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, even occas vomiting, blurry vision, general fatigue, and rarely, liver toxicity, bone marrow suppression with anemia, poor blood clotting, and even elevation of cholesterol. ...Read more

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Side effects of tegretol over several years?

Side effects of tegretol over several years?

Tegretol: It can lower thyroid function, increase anti-diuretic hormone, rarely rashes or absence seizures or low blood count. ...Read more

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Is tegretol that bad concerning side effects?

Depends: Everyone has a different response to it. Usually the reason you take it is that the good effects outweigh the bad ones. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of tegretol; anything serious?

Many: Among the serious adverse reactions, stevens-jonson syndrome, hypersensitivity rxn, aplastic anemia, pancytopenia, liver failure and suicidality are a few. More commonly seen reactions include dizziness, incoordination, blurred vision, rash, low serum sodium, photosensitivity, ataxia and unsteadiness, drowsiness and nausea/vomiting. There are more in both categories. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what are the side effects of tegretol?

Plenty: Include drowsiness, dizziness, upset stomach, nausea, toxicity to liver and/or bone marrow, with rare severe anemias, low sodium levels, elevated cholesterol, and of course, allergic reactions. This is a very old drug and used very rarely by most clinical neurologists. Far safer and effective drugs are currently available. ...Read more

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How to take tegretol 100mg and side effects of taking over dose?

Instructions?: How was it prescribed? Lightheadedness, disequilibrium are large features of toxicity. If this is your concern then please call the doctor that prescribed it to you
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Should I stop taking tegretol if I'm getting side effects 3 days after restarting it? I was on it before and it was stopped and started again.

Perhaps: First, important to know why it is being prescribed. If for epilepsy, dangerous to suddenly stop and should be slowly tapered off. Since it is a potent anti-epileptic drug, stopping could result in sz activity if done incorrectly. There are several other choices in both psychiatry and neurology, and newer drugs may have far fewer adverse rxtns. ...Read more

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What're the side effects of tegretol on sleep?

What're the side effects of tegretol on sleep?

Can be sedating: Usually have seen drowsiness and/ or dizziness, and may actually enhance sleep pattern, BUT have also seen paradoxical reactions causing insomnia and agitation, especially in the elderly. ...Read more

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I have been taking lithium for over a year. I'm also on tegretol. Is it possible to have side effects of a period w/o the period?

I have been taking lithium for over a year. I'm also on tegretol. Is it possible to have side effects of a period w/o the period?

Any other medication: Please write clearly what kind if side effects risk of bleeding if low platelet need to check regret level and CBC also lithium level. ...Read more

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What are the possible replacements of tegretol my doc can prescribe, concerned about its side effects?

Many other options: For starters, this is a discussion you should have with your doctor. There are many other options available depending on the type of seizure you are having. These include Vimpat, (lacosamide) lamotrigine, topiramate, phenytoin, Depakote--as well as many others. Again, I would talk with your doctor after your EEG--since different seizure types need different medications to treat them. ...Read more

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Can you provide me some information on benign Rolandic epilepsy and the side effects for a child taking carbamazepine?

Can you provide me some information on benign Rolandic epilepsy and the side effects for a child taking carbamazepine?

Complex question.: We are limited to a 400 word answer so only basic general info can be given. 15% of kids with epilepsy have this type. It doesn't affect intelligence, usually. See http://www. Epilepsy. Com/learn/types-epilepsy-syndromes/benign-rolandic-epilepsy Carbamazepine is often used to treat epilepsy & is a good choice for many. No med is right for every one. Don't take ANY other med w/ it unless OK'd by MD ...Read more

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Should I stop taking tegretol after getting side effects 3 days after starting it? I have bipolar. I took it before & had side effects.

Tegretol: Wondering why u were put back on same medicine which u had side effects on before. Good question to ask your physician. ...Read more

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I am prescribed tegretol 600mg nocte for bipolar disorder. I want to stop taking it cold turkey, what are the side effects?

I am prescribed tegretol 600mg nocte for bipolar disorder. I want to stop taking it cold turkey, what are the side effects?

Please repost: Please repost your question and include WHY you want to stop taking it, WHY you want to stop taking it cold turkey, and what the prescribing physician's reaction was when you discussed this with him/her; or, if you have not discussed this with him/her, why not. ...Read more

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I take tegretol (seizure free!) and my dr wants me to switch to topamax (topiramate) to stop side effects. Is topamax (topiramate) as effective in fully preventing seizures?

I take tegretol (seizure free!) and my dr wants me to switch to topamax (topiramate) to stop side effects. Is topamax (topiramate) as effective in fully preventing seizures?

Yes, but: Both drugs have potential adverse effects, and you should realize that the topamax (topiramate) will be effective, but when meds are switched, there is risk of withdrawal seizures. Also, the side effects include cognitive and speech issues, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis, risk of heat stroke, kidney stones, pins and needles parenthesis, drowsiness. ...Read more

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I took Tegretol for 5 years for absence seizures. Side effects of daily memory loss, difficulty with speech due to recalling words and confusion, After 8 yrs off Tegr. Still still have same symptoms.?

Not likely Tegretol: The persistence of your symptoms makes it unlikely that Tegretol was the cause. See a neurologist to evaluate your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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I take tegratol for my epilepsy. What are the side effects?

I take tegratol for my epilepsy. What are the side effects?

Several potential: Gi problems include nausea, vomiting, and rarely indigestion. More commonly, maybe drowsiness, dizziness, gait imbalance. Can cause liver toxicity, but also perhaps, low sodium, high cholesterol, and may actually worsen some types of epilepsies. ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorders (like social anxiety)cause misophonia? Or could it be a side effect of Carbamazepine?

Can anxiety disorders (like social anxiety)cause misophonia? Or could it be a side effect of Carbamazepine?

Yes and very rarely: Yes, I'd think it quite possible for anxiety disorders to cause extreme discomfort associated w/ sound and,
That medications can cause irritability which would make you even more intolerant. Also, in very rare cases hearing oddities can be a side effect - i., e. pitch perception, ringing, etc. Talk w/ the doctor about it. Best! ...Read more

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Years ago on tegretol-lamictal-klonopin-cymbalta 60.Thought I was having a side effect from cym. Told to just stop it for 2 weeks. Ridiculous? Refused

Years ago on tegretol-lamictal-klonopin-cymbalta 60.Thought I was having a side effect from cym. Told to just stop it for 2 weeks. Ridiculous? Refused

Sounds like....: ...You knew there were better ways to manage side. Effects than stopping the cymbalta (duloxetine). Sounds like you felt the Cymbalta (duloxetine) was helping you and you wanted to make it work. Good for you! (if I have misunderstood you, let me know.) hope it is working well for you now! ...Read more

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Take many meds like tegretol and Prozac. I have very vivid dreams is this a side effect of seizure/anxiety meds? If yes why do the crazy dreams happen

Take many meds like tegretol and Prozac. I have very vivid dreams is this a side effect of seizure/anxiety meds? If yes why do the crazy dreams happen

It can be: Talk w/ your Dr about these experiences. Both your conditions and the medication could be involved and hopefully you can get back to sleep to avoid a deficit. There are various theories about dream content and none are certain. Brain activity responds to the electro-chemistry and it generates images that we can interpret thru our life history. Talk about it and try not to worry. ...Read more

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Does tegretol lower the effects of trazadone. Anf would tazadone raise the level of tegretol?

Problem combination: You are correct that the two drugs will interact adversely, and affect cytochrome metabolism within the liver. We can test the Tegretol level and adjust dosing, which may solve some of this, but not clear to me why you take a drug which is well over 40 yrs old. ...Read more

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I take carbamazepine for my seizures and I smoke weed does that effects my lab results?

Tell doctor!: It would depend on the tests that may be done.
It is imperative that you inform your doctor of your weed habit to ensure that there no drug-drug interaction with weed and the medications you are taking. ...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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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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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