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

On keppra (levetiracetam) 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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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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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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Would it be fine to suddenly stop taking carbamazepine 800mg and venlafaxine 150mg?

Would it be fine to suddenly stop taking carbamazepine 800mg and venlafaxine 150mg?

No: It is always a good idea to taper any medications. Venlafaxine can have a very severe withdrawal syndrome if stopped suddenly and Carbamazepine could result in seizures among other potential withdrawal symptoms. Discuss a taper with your prescribing physician and let him/her know why you want to get off these meds. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to suddenly stop taking carbamazepine 800mg and venlafaxine 150mg?

Yes: There could be an uncomfortable discontinuation syndrome. It would be safer and more comfortable. ...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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I'm on carbamazepine for about a week or so and I don't like it. I'm taking it for Trigeminal Neuralgia, can I stop taking it since I haven't been on?

Careful: Hi, Thank you for your question.

You haven't been on it too long to build a physical dependence but you should still discuss with your PCP this decision. They can start you on another medication at the same time.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...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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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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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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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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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 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

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Is it actually true that carbamazepine will let me have kids?

Not sure: Your question is not quite clear.

Carbamazepine does not prevent pregnancy nor does it increase the chances of pregnancy. It can be associated with some birth defects; but over 90 % of women who take it during pregnancy without other drugs have a normal outcome. Good luck! ...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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I would like some advice on tegretol prolonged release tablets?

Tegretol XR: Is still the drug of choice for the initial management of paroxysmal neuralgias despite the presence of potentially serious side effects. The specific mechanism of carbamazepine is presumed to be stabilization of neuronal membranes by blocking sodium channels. Hope it helps. ...Read more