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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?
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've had a seizure, and my doc prescribed me tegretol cr 400. I've been taking 1/4 of the pill for the past 5 days. Would it be harmful if i stop now?
My doctor has prescribed me to take 1000mg of tegretol cr a day, but i take only 500mg, and i'm fine. Is this okay to do or not?
Need to discuss: In general the dose of a medication is chosen for a specific reason. With tegretol, the level of the medication can be measured and the dose adjusted to the correct level. If getting the dose to the proper level required 1000 mg then taking only 500 mg puts you at risk for recurrent problems. You should discuss your concerns with your physician. ...Read more
Dr prescribed 3 mg of klonopin (clonazepam)...Said i was only getting the benefit of about 2mg because i'm on 600 tegretol ..Is this accurate?
Correct: However, Luvox (fluvoxamine) raises Klonopin levels. It might be worthwhile to get Klonopin levels checked to guide your treatment as well, especially with being short of breath. Pulmonary sensitivity to tegretol can be manifested as shortness of breath. I recommend you see a pulmonologist to sort out your shortness of breath. ...Read more
Is tegretol a safe medication if prescribed by a professional who does blood work twice yearly..Depakote just put to much weight on me.
Hello, I have been prescribed carbamazepine to treat a bipolar 2 disorder. Is this sensible (i thought it was for epilepsy, ADHD or b1 disorder)?
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
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
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
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