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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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Why would my MD prescribe tegretol if I had a normal EEG. I have sleep troubles?

Why would my MD prescribe tegretol if I had a normal EEG. I have sleep troubles?

?restless leg: Although tegretol is used to treat seizures it is also used for other conditions such as bipolaar disorder and restless leg syndrome. If you are having sleep disturbances then I suspect that your doctor prescribed it to treat restless leg and help with your sleep. Restless leg occurs at night and can interfere with sleep. ...Read more

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I am taking tegretol 200mg xr. I am itching. Doc says take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and will pass. Is this correct? Prescribed tegretol for trigeminal neuralgia.

I am taking tegretol 200mg xr. I am itching. Doc says take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and will pass. Is this correct? Prescribed tegretol for trigeminal neuralgia.

The doc is right: Carbamazepine (Tegretol): Initially, almost all patients (80-90%) with TN respond to Carbamazepine and this response is frequently used by some clinicians as a diagnostic , the long-term response is not as favorable and a significant number of patients may become refractory as the severity of the symptoms increases with only about half the patients responding after 5-10 years of treatment. ...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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My brother has fits for last12 yrs he is on diva-d750 twice and tegretol twice and firisium onc for last 6 months can he drive n work normally.

Probably not: Driving is a significant risk for him and others if his seizures are uncontrolled. Typically, patients with active epilepsy are advised to avoid driving, operating power equipment, doing activities at heights, and swimming or taking baths alone. ...Read more

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

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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How do I taper off tegretol safely? Been on it for a month, 300 mg for bipolar.

How do I taper off tegretol safely? Been on it for a month, 300 mg for bipolar.

Talk with doctor: Please talk with your doctor about any changes you're considering making in your medications. If bipolar, stopping tegretol may expose you to further mood instability. Depending on how sick you have been, this could be very dangerous for you. ...Read more

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Since starting tegretol, i've been having "dry orgasms" when masturbating. Is this dangerous? (seeing my doc on wednesday)

No: Many psychotrophic drugs can affect the mechanism of ejaculation. Having a dry ejaculate could either mean you have retrograde or "backward" ejaculation into the bladder (safe) or are not pumping the sperm into the prostate from the testicles normally, termed anejaculation (also safe). Either way, should be reversible when you stop the medication. ...Read more

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Using tegretol what do I need to watch for regarding lft's and bone health. Is this med not used much anymore because of its liver toxicity?

See details: Tegretol still has great value for a number of conditions. Liver toxicity is not very common but anyone who takes it must be screened periodically as we do with numerous other meds. ...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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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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Are there any multi vitamin for immune system that wont interact with tegretol retard ?

Are  there any multi vitamin for immune system that wont interact with tegretol retard ?

Multivitamins OK: Good morning, it is ok to use multivitamins along with using tegretol. Vitamin c is claimed to have beneficial effect in helping to fight some viral infections. Vitamin d can be helpful in many different ways, as many of us do not have sufficient quantity of natural vitamin d due to insufficient exposure to daily required sun exposure, because of our life-style. ...Read more

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How long after last tegretol pill can you drink a beer?

Tegeretol and Epilep: You should not drink alcohol when you are taking tegretol pill. It increases neurological side effects includs dizziness, imbalance and may decreased efficacy of tegretol. ...Read more

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What is peak time of lamictal 100mg and its half life (also using tegretol 600)?

What is peak time of lamictal 100mg and its half life (also using tegretol 600)?

Lamictal Tegretol : On multiple doses, with tegretol on board, the time to peak concentration is 2 hours with a range of 0.75 to 5.93 hours and the half-life is 12.6 hours with a range of 7.5 -23.1 hours. Source: www.Pdr.Net. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Im epileptic and have tegretol allergy. Should I wear bracelet?

Im epileptic and have tegretol allergy. Should I wear bracelet?

Yes: It not a bad idea to have a bracelet. If you have a seizure and cannot give a history, this will help treading doctors avoid a medication that is not safe to use for you. ...Read more

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What actually is the interaction of tegretol and lamictal?

Reduction Lamictal: The major interaction of these two drugs is lower Lamictal levels in serum. Other effects of combining these drugs include drowsiness, imbalance, and mental blunting. In general, any way you can be slow down mentally or physically can occur. ...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