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Longterm Side Effects Tegretol
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
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
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
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
I have been taking lithium for over a year. I 'm on tegretol for a couple months. Is it possible to have side effects of a cycle w/o but no cycle?
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tegretol drops lamictal level by about 50 percent...on the flip side does lamictal raise tegretol levels?
No and no: The answer to both questions is no. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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