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Tegretol And Anger
Maybe: Tegretol is an anti-cholinergic medication and may cause acute pressure increases in those with narrow anatomical drainage angles (closed angle glaucoma). It is generally safe in patients with open-angle glaucoma but should be observed closely. ...Read more
Yes, it may: If you're on oral contraceptives, the tegretol may interfere with how well they work, causing breakthrough bleeding or increasing the risk of pregnancy. Tegretol also affects sex hormone binding proteins and decreases estrogen production. There are many reports of tegretol stopping periods (secondary amenorrhea). Discuss these problems with your doctor. ...Read more
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
None: None reported.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
So many concerns?: I cannot help but notice that you are asking about allergies, side effects as well as "definitions" and descriptions of a very large and varied number of mostly psychotrophic medications. This suggests that you may have a fear, anxiety or even a phobia of medications that are used to treat mental disorders. Discussions of these concerns with a psychiatrist may be very helpful to you. ...Read more
Depends on diagnosis: Tegretol or Carbamazepine is a good option for face pains called neuralgias. Neuralgias can be very intense, sharp pains that can occur with something as little as water hitting the face. On the other hand, for primary headache disorders such as migraine, Carbamazepine would likely provide very little if any benefit. ...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
Depends on level: Depends on how low your serum sodium is on routine testing, if you are slightly low, then you probably don't need to do anything. If your sodium levels are in the 120's, increasing your salt intake may improve your values, but this will be your new diet. There are many new anticonvulsants that treat event related epilepsy that do not produce salt wasting, and have fewer side effects than tegretol. ...Read more
Tegretol level.: The dose itself is not a very high dose. Your blood test will tell you if you have taken extra high dose or not. You can change your tegretol to trileptol, which is more safer. The change should be under your doctor's supervision. ...Read more
Tegretol side effect: Yes. This is one of those medicines with a huge list of possible side effects. I would strongly recommend you discuss these symptoms with your doctor right away. ...Read more
Hard to answer? ...: They are in different chemical classes and have different kinds of side effects. Tegretol is an anticonvulsant; Latuda (lurasidone) is an atypical antipsychotic (a newer one). My experience with Latuda (lurasidone) is more limited because it is newer, but as a prescriber, if I had to choose one as a mood stabilizer for myself, I would choose latuda (lurasidone). People seem to have fewer side effects and like how they feel with it. ...Read more
Going from 400 mg of tegretol to 600...would it take about 4 days until therapeutic steady state is reacched?
Close: Somewhere between 4-7 days most likelyGet a more detailed answer ›
If on tegretol 600 for 5 years is it possible that I may need to up to 800...It is in mid range about 7.0. Or is 800 too high?
A few comments: Tegretol is a very old drug dating back to the 1970's, and may have benefit in treating trigeminal neuralgia or epilepsy, but due to adverse event risks has been substantially supplanted by newer and safer agents. Of course, I am unaware of why you take this drug, so, do not self-medicate, but contact your doctor and discuss what to do next. ...Read more
After being on 600 mg of tegretol for 4 years dr. Reduced to 400mg. Is it normal to feel out of sorts and nauseas for a few days?
From your other post: At first glance my instinct was to say, "maybe" IF the reduction from 600 to 400 mg. Was being done in one fell swoop & you'd developed a rebound reaction or symptoms of whatever the Tegretol was controlling. However, then, I saw you asked in another posted question something to do with taking Tegretol & Lamictal TOGETHER. I think that could also be very important as related to nauseousness. ...Read more
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
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
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
My son is five years old and was recently put on tegretol xr he takes 1 100mg tab for five days then 1 2×a day how long before its starts working?
When level is right: Generally meds like tegretol are slowly increased and then blood levels checked ti ensure the level is in the usually effective range ...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?
With tegretol my Asperger is less stronger but my thoughts are less deeper. What to choose, deep thoughts or a better social life, no drugs or drugs?
Work With Meds: There are a variety of medications that can help the various symptoms associated with asperger's. If there is something about tegretol you do not like, it will be worthwhile to discuss this with your doctor. It is possible that a similar medicine would be just as helpful without the difficulties you associate with tegretol. ...Read more
I take 600mg of tegretol daily. 400 pm and 200 am. For mood disorder. Would it be unusual to take 300 at pm -300am for better consistency-12 hrs apart?
Ask your doctor: Taking the Tegretol 300mg twice a day is an option. Sometimes people experience some drowsiness with Tegretol. Your doctor may have given you a larger dose at night to help you rest. A lower dose in the day to reduce the risk of daytime sedation. Talk to your doctor to see what is best for your case. Best wishes! ...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