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On keppra and tegretol for epilepsy, diagnosed with hypothyroidism, neurologist doesn't suggest stopping tegretol, but i can't function. What to do?

On keppra and tegretol for epilepsy, diagnosed with hypothyroidism, neurologist doesn't suggest stopping tegretol, but i can't function. What to do?

Depends: The tegretol may be controlling your seizures. It would be disappointing to stop it and then have seizures again. It is a great medicine, but yes, can certainly have side effects. I am betting that if it works well for a while, your neurologist may be willing to switch to oxcarbazepine. Follow up with neurologist, let them know your concern. ...Read more

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I have been on 600 mg of tegretol for 5 years-my bloodwork is always ok. At what point should I consider stopping it because of long term problems?

I have been on 600 mg of tegretol for 5 years-my bloodwork is always ok. At what point should I consider stopping it because of long term problems?

Tegretol: The need to continue tegretol depends very much on the reason it's being prescribed. You haven't volunteered this in your question or additional information. In some cases it could be very dangerous to stop tegretol, as you could have seizures, etc. Please discuss your question with the doctor who's been following you, as s/he will be familiar with your history and medical needs. ...Read more

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Dr. Harper i asked you about unisom and tegretol most of the interactions seem to be with the unborn.I am male. Will stop.Have i damaged myself?

Dr. Harper i asked you about unisom and tegretol most of the interactions seem to be with the unborn.I am male. Will stop.Have i damaged myself?

Probably not: Most likely you have not. The shorter the time you have been doing this decreases the likelihood of any problem. ...Read more

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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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I take tegretol & told it could stop my cycle. Last month my period was 5 days early. This month it showed up 41 days since last months. It is pretty ?

I take tegretol & told it could stop my cycle. Last month my period was 5 days early. This month it showed up 41 days since last months. It is pretty ?

Very rarely, but: Especially for women who have a tendency for irregular periods, it might be easy for many medications to cause changes. This is a very, very rare but more than 0% reported side effect. It might be that you will return to your personal normal automatically if it's a side effect but do talk w/ your Dr and have other reasons for irregularity checked too. Best! ...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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